Saturday 18 November 2017

Third annual Community Safety Week in Swords


While events will help advise locals on community safety, other issues, such as substance misuse and abuse, will also be addressed.
While events will help advise locals on community safety, other issues, such as substance misuse and abuse, will also be addressed.

THE THIRD Community Safety Week is being held in Swords next week with a series of events organised to highlight the many aspects of community safety.

The aim of the week, which runs from Saturday to Thursday, October 20 to 25, is to promote the many aspects of community safety among the residents of Swords and is being run in partnership with An Garda Siochana. It is hoped that people will be more mindful of safety within their own communities, especially regarding substance misuse. Events organised throughout the week aim to provide people with information and support surrounding a number of community safety issues including substance misuse and First Aid. There will also be a showcase of local agencies and organisations working within the Swords area that will provide information and support on a range of issues including, health, home safety, road safety, benefits and entitlements, substance misuse and mental health.

A general substance misuse awareness information session is available for any member of the community interested in gaining more information about substance and drug use.

There will also be an informative workshop specifically for parents/guardians to support them in dealing with the issues of drugs and alcohol in the family, entitled 'Don't Lose the Head' developed by Crosscare. Anyone wishing to attend this free workshop should contact (086) 7716812 to book a place. The initiative kicks off on Saturday with a garda information clinic at Applewood Community Centre from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. where the community is invited to meet local gardai with their concerns or queries.

On Monday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a showcase of local agencies and organisations, including An Garda Siochana, Customs and Excise, Regional Drugs Task Force and Swords CYC. At 6.30 p.m. the Irish Red Cross will give a talk covering basic first aid and drug overdose treatment at Applewood Community Centre, while at 7.30 p.m. at River Valley Community Centre, Community Awareness of Drugs will present a talk on Drug Awareness along with An Garda Siochana On Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Regional Drug Task Force is holding an open day where locals can get advice, literature and find out what services are provided by the RDTF, which is located at Forrest Mews, behind Eddie Rockets. From 7 to 10 p.m., there will be a parachute safety talk including a drama performance, a Garda Crime Talk, a Dublin Fire Brigade Safety Talk given to young people at the CYC offices at 17 Main Street.

Headstrong will also give a talk on mental health. At Colaiste Choilm from 7 to 8.15 p.m., there will be a 'Don't Lose The Head' workshop for parents dealing with the issues of drugs and alcohol in the family. The workshop will be given to transition year students on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Colaiste Choilm. On Thursday, the drug awareness art and poster competition prize giving ceremony will take place at the Pavilions at 4 p.m. The week will conclude with Safe Talk, a training programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources at the BASE Centre from 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

All events are free of charge but it is best to ring ahead to book seats. If you would like more information about any of the events planned for the week or about Swords Community Policing Forum in general, contact Caroline Mills on (086) 7716812 or email Swords Community Policing Forum (CPF) works on the basis that the most effective way of addressing local anti- social behaviour problems is for relevant agencies and the community to work together in an integrated and co-ordinated manner. It builds on the existing relationships between stakeholders including An Garda Siochana, Fingal County Council and most importantly, the local community.

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