Safer Homes


 ​The Safer Homes project is run by County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service in partnership with Durham Constabulary and Durham County Council.


The aim of the project, which was awarded £500,000 of government funding in September 2014, is to help public services work together to commission, manage and deliver services for vulnerable and elderly people in the best possible way.

The project is building on the success of the 'Total Home Safety' initiative allowing people to receive crime and fire safety advice, as well as practical help, to make their homes safer.

Rather than relying on people to access services themselves, the project is reaching people in their own homes through friends, neighbours, carers, Police and Community Togther (PACT) meetings, front-line practitioners and many other services.

One of the cornerstones of the project is to increase the number of volunteers involved. Registrations
for training have been high and courses began in the New Year. The plan is to filter this training through to 2,000 front-line staff, volunteers and Neighbourhood Watch representatives.

The volunteers are trained to recognise a range of vulnerabilities when carrying out home visits and they are given a number of options following the assessment. Those people referred by a volunteer, carer or professional will also be assessed for specialist security and safety equipment designed to prevent burglary and fire in the home.

This training is just one strand of Safer Homes. The project team is also work with housing providers across the county and the plan is to secure match funding to be able to fit domestic sprinkler systems and crime preventative measures in the homes of vulnerable people.

The Safer Homes team is run by project manager Rob Cherrie, fire service and local authority coordinator Ann Hazel and Dave Williamson, the coordinator for Durham Police. It was established in November 2014 after the Safer Homes project became one of 33 winning bids nationally to receive a share of a £9m investment through the Transformation Challenge Award.

To find out more about the Safer Homes project, the training programme or how neighbours or relatives might benefit from home fire and crime safety advice contact us
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