We have created a 3 year plan that concisely illustrates the range of prevention work to be undertaken in conjunction with private partners. As part of this we are actively engaging with local residents who would be willing to volunteer on some of the projects. A significant factor in this type of work is community engagement and identifying our most vulnerable residents in order to protect them from financial harm. By utilising resident volunteers we help spread the message across East Renfrewshire, particularly to individuals who may not have regular contact with the Council.
The team are proactive rather than reactive. Many of our residents are vulnerable to financial harm via scams (doorstep, telephone, internet, mail). We work with the resident, their family and 3rd party groups to highlight and introduce the mechanisms to prevent harm and stop cold calling.
The Prevention Team draws on expertise from Trading Standards, Environmental Health and Licensing. As well as tap into resources across the Council, the Team has also been engaging with private sector partners to provide more structured prevention support to the residents of East Renfrewshire. Our traditional services have been retained but the redesign marks a significant shift in focus to a preventative rather than reactive approach.
Our key initiatives include:
- Empowering our residents to avoid scams & nuisance calls
- Access to reputable tradesmen – Trusted Trader Scheme
- “Safety In the Park” event - 1,467 primary 7’s attended alcohol, tobacco and food workshops
- Holistic Approach to Alcohol and Tobacco
- Informed About Food – Giving parents and children information to make informed choices about the food they consume
- Enhancing Air Quality – Free vehicle emissions checks available at 17 garages in East Renfrewshire.
- Safety in the home – prevention advice to make homes safer for children and adults
- A short video about Prevention aimed at service users
We have offered to do a presentation to every Community Council in the area. The feedback from the presentations clearly demonstrates that the Prevention Team is giving the community what they want, practical solutions to the problems they face and not just advice or reactive enforcement.
Combining this range of services to focus specifically on prevention is unique and ambitious and brings together projects which have had outstanding success to date.