Supporters of a charity working to strengthen community safety across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will find out from the police how their organisation supports the victims of domestic violence and other crimes.
The Blue Lamp Trust’s “Meet the Chiefs” event at the Ageas Bowl on Friday 17th May is a chance for Hampshire’s Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney, Chief Superintendent Lucy Hutson, the force’s lead for domestic abuse, and the county’s Chief Fire Officer Neil Odin to speak about The Bobby Scheme and how it is helping victims in Hampshire.
The Blue Lamp Trust’s new general manager Theresa Pratt will also brief the meeting on the trust’s activity and The Bobby Scheme which it funds and operates across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Supported and accredited by Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Fire and Rescue, the Bobby Scheme is a practical home visit service giving peace of mind to some of society’s most vulnerable people, including the elderly and victims of crime.
Theresa said: “This is an important event for us which highlights how the Blue Lamp Trust and the emergency services work together on issues such as burglary, domestic abuse and fire safety with the common goal of making Hampshire and the Isle of Wight safer for everyone.
We’re a not-for-profit organisation, so Meet the Chiefs is a chance for us to let our trustees and the public know what The Bobby Scheme has accomplished in the past year, and for us to thank our sponsors for helping us to provide our service free of charge to those who most need it.”
The Blue Lamp Trust funds the activities of The Bobby Scheme through sponsorship, donations and its commercial arm which provides advanced driver training for businesses and assessments for taxi licence applicants and private hire car drivers.
Mobile teams from The Bobby Scheme visit vulnerable and elderly people at home to give advice reassurance, restoring a sense of security within their own homes, particularly after a burglary. Bobby Scheme fitters also offer practical help for improving safety, installing safety equipment. Since the scheme started in 1998, its fitters have visited more than 17,000 homes.