Community sign up be East Cambridgeshire’s eyes and ears

People of East Cambridgeshire have pledged to be the eyes and ears of the community in a bid to help local authorities identify vulnerable people. 

More than 30 individuals from businesses and community organisations in the district came together on Friday, May 6, for the East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership (ECCSP) Eyes and Ears recruitment event. 

The aim of the event was to educate those in the community on how to spot the signs that someone could be vulnerable in their day-to-day life, what support is available and what to do if there are concerns.

Workers from local supermarkets, cleaning services, churches, builders and Royal Mail were among those who attended the information session at ECDC offices in Ely. 

Chris Parker, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service Head of Community Fire Safety and Chairman of the Partnership, said: "The Community Eyes and Ears scheme is an innovative way to identify vulnerable people in East Cambridgeshire. The emergency services and local authorities know about some vulnerable people in our community but are aware others do slip through the net, and identifying those people is what this scheme is about. 

"The Partnership has become the key vehicle to identify and then support some of the most vulnerable people in our community to reduce their risk at home. We cannot do this in isolation or without the help of those in community who have the most frequent contact with vulnerable people. We're asking neighbours, community workers and businesses in the community to be our eyes and ears in East Cambridgeshire, spot the signs of vulnerability and share the information with us so that together, we can make our community a safer place. "

Those involved in the scheme now have the tools to make confidential referrals of vulnerable residents to the ECCSP, which will be followed up by the Partnership 

Speakers at the event included Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, East Cambridgeshire District Council and Alzheimer's Society. 

For more information about the Eyes and Ears scheme, contact East Cambs District Council http://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/ 

Community members receiving Eyes and Ears certificates.