Objective 1 - To deliver a holistic home safety intervention to those most at risk within the communities of mid and west Wales.
Where are we now?
For a number of years, we have developed our activities specifically to improve fire safety in the home. This has been achieved primarily through carrying out free Home Fire Safety Checks (HFSCs) with particular emphasis on vulnerable and high risk people.
We work collaboratively with a wide range of partner agencies who have links to vulnerable people. This allows us to reach households that we may not otherwise have access to or knowledge of. This is a very important element of our shared agenda for safer communities and one that we want to expand even further.
Last year we started to widen our role in promoting health and safety messages on behalf of our partners as part of our home safety visit. This has been trialled in some areas of our Service and has been well received by partners, staff and the community.
What are we planning to do and why?
We want the advice and intervention we deliver to vulnerable people to reflect a holistic approach to community safety. Our data shows us that there is a subsequent long term reduction in Accidental Dwelling Fires which demonstrates that providing advice, education and equipment can make a positive difference to the people with whom we are engaging. We are in the privileged position of being a trusted and valued Service with a long tradition of providing professional advice and assistance. We intend to use this reputation and our links to vulnerable households to maximise our impact by building upon the collaborative work already undertaken with our trusted partners. We will expand the delivery of advice and interventions to incorporate those our partners want to promote in order to improve the safety and health of our communities. We will focus precious resources on those persons most in need and deliver interventions that promote health, well-being and improve the safety of all those we engage with. This concept of ‘Making Every Contact Count’ (MECC) and ‘Safe, Well and Independent Living (SWAIL) is intended to improve lifestyles and reduce health inequalities enabling our Communities to live safer, healthier and independent lives.
How and when are we going to deliver this?
This development is already in place but will be dynamic and evolve to reflect our own and partner priorities. Our future focus will continue with the following:
Innovative and more holistic home safety interventions which encompass safety, wellness and independent living will continue to be rolled out across the Service to replace the traditional Home Fire Safety Check.
We will expand the training provided to our partner agencies to support our community safety interventions.
We will develop the role of Community Safety Volunteers to provide ongoing local support to those persons who have benefited from our interventions.
We will review and evaluate the improvement in our community intervention with our staff, our external partners and the communities we serve.
How will we measure success?
- Evaluate the quality of the interventions we deliver to the most vulnerable members of our community.
- Monitor the feedback we receive from partners, staff and the community on the benefit of our interventions and how they reduce risk.
- Use our own data on Accidental Dwelling Fires but also partner data and national data to measure the long-term impact of our new approach.
What will this mean to you?
Communities will be safer, healthier and lead more independent lives as a result of our advice and intervention.
Which Well-being goals does this objective align to?