Previous Social Impact Pledges
Below are the Social Impact Pledge Initiatives chosen in 2017/18:
Street Sport is a non-profit prevention, intervention and diversionary tactics initiative based at RGU SPORT in Aberdeen. The initiative delivers a range of free of charge sporting activities to young people all across Aberdeen in the areas that have been identified as high risk of wilful fire raising.
During 2018 Street Sport saw over 16,000 young people, who are living in areas suffering from either regeneration, deprivation or are hot spots of youth related antisocial behaviour, participate in the programme.
This long running initiative has recently been expanded, developing a Prison Programme. The aim of this is to use sporting activities as a way of maintaining family cohesion – keeping strong bonds between parents in prison and their children. It is hoped that this will lead to less youth frustrations back in the community and reduce instances of annoyance/crime.
A small programme achieving big things, Street Sport it is having ripple effects across many Aberdeen communities. Not only are youth related calls to the SFRS and Police Scotland dropping, the initiative is also improving overall wellness and resilience for some of the hardest to reach young people in the City.
Whilst the real rewards are lowering calls to the emergency services and supporting young people to thrive, Street Sport has been recognised with numerous awards for its work with the most notable being a National “Pride of Sport” Award for the best community project using Sport for Good in the UK 2017.
Community Safety Hub
Falkirk LSO Area identified that a multi-agency hub model in their area would provide an excellent platform for networking and creating joint action plans with partners.
Using lessons learned from West Lothian, who had already co-located facilities, Falkirk Fire Station has now evolved into a Community Hub with a focus on reducing anti-social behaviour, in particular with regards to young people.
The Hub is used to host the weekly Task and Coordinating (TAC) group which is made up from various partner agencies, such as SFRS, Police Scotland, Falkirk Council Housing (Conflict Resolution), Falkirk Council Community Safety Team, SACRO Youth Justice, NHS Social Inclusion Project (signpost) and Link Housing Association.
Local Authority Liaison Officers from the SFRS and Police Scotland are also based within the Hub, with the other partners able to drop in and use the facilities out with the weekly TAC meeting.
This new approach, which has been up and running since January 2018, has enabled key information to be shared easily on a daily basis. Problematic hot spots and emerging trends in the community have been communicated face-to-face resulting in a holistic method of highlighting and tackling anti-social behaviour.
Community Action Team Cycle Patrols
Deliberate Secondary Fires, especially in the dryer and hotter months of the year, places a high-demand on SFRS in Falkirk and the West Lothian.
To complement the other current youth engagement and education programmes around anti-social behaviour, Falkirk and West Lothian Community Action Team have procured cycle equipment and have been carrying out cycle patrols.
The patrols have allowed staff to take the transforming approach of targeting, engaging and diverting young people away from anti-social behaviour on the bicycles – in areas not normally accessible by fire appliances. This is carried out in isolation or through cycle patrols with Police Scotland.
As well as targeting anti-social behaviour, and building strong relationships within the community, the patrols have also contributed to reducing the carbon footprint of SFRS.
Below are the Social Impact Pledge Initiatives chosen in 2016:
Fireskills Employability Award Programme
The Fireskills Employability Award Programme focuses on building safety knowledge and awareness while promoting positive citizenship and developing transferable skills.
It also enables young people to gain 4 credit points at SCQF Level 4, providing a practical qualification for career progression. It is flexible enough to be delivered to any target group anywhere in Scotland by any blend of positive role models.
Due to its inclusivity, it also has the potential to encourage future recruitment prospects for minority groups into the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
This project is currently within its early stages of development. The accreditation programme is complete and work is ongoing to realise its potential impact.
Living Safely in the Home
The Living Safely in the Home project operates in partnership with Scottish Borders Council Safer Communities Teams, Cheviot Healthcare Teams and Home Energy Scotland.
The aim is to make homes safer for people at a higher risk of unintentional harm – focusing on slips, trips and falls. To date, the project has been rolled out from 1 Local authority area to 3 (Midlothian, East Lothian and Scottish Borders). Thorough evaluation has proven that effective collaborative working and improved referral pathways between SFRS and partners have resulted in positive outcomes for older people.
This has been evidenced by data as well as numerous ‘patient stories’. In the Cheviot locality betweenJune 2016 and April 2017, there has been 348 holistic Home Fire Safety Visits. Over and above the standard assessment, there were 100 conversations about falls minimisation, 53 consented referrals to the Cheviot Healthcare Team and five home adaptations provided.
For the future, the work continues to further strengthen and extend the work with multi-agency partners and involve other health and third sector organisations in the project. Because the majority of the work so far has been based around older people, they aim to expand by identifying partnerships with Health Visitors and Health Care Teams to decrease the risks to the under 5’s age group.
Co-location of Perth and Kinross Community Wardens into Perth Community Fire Station
Feedback is that the project has been a tremendous success in that staff have integrated well and joint working is flourishing.
The fact that Community Wardens are based in a Station enables prevention and intervention work to happen in a more proactive and timely manner, making a big difference to those most vulnerable from unintentional harm within the home.
The Community Wardens also assist in the delivery of Home Safety Visits which has also been very positive.
It has been extended further in that there is also a warden now working from Aberfeldy Community Fire Station.