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Neighbourhood Watch Meeting
The next Neighbourhood Watch Meeting is being held on Monday 22 May 2017 at 7.30 pm in West Berkshire Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury and there will be an interesting talk by Detective Chief Superintendent Ray Howard on Cybercrime. 

 Representatives from the Police and Fire Service will also be attending to give crime updates and both will be available to answer any questions.   Just a reminder that there is parking close by and the evening charge is £2.  Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting.

 

 




Sent on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner

We are seeking feedback on services for victims of crime in the Thames Valley

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is seeking the views of victims of crime to help inform their future commissioning of support services.

The OPCC is working with a research company, Perpetuity Research, who are carrying out this victim needs assessment on their behalf.

The main aims of the victim needs assessment are as follows:
• To assess the emotional and practical support needs of victims
• To assess the differing needs of Thames Valley’s diverse communities
• To assess how services might help design-out inequalities in access

Interested in sharing your thoughts?

If you have been a victim of crime and want to share your views you can do so by completing an online survey or taking part in a phone interview.

You will be asked your views on a range of issues including:
• Perspectives on current service provisions
• Gaps in the services
• Any suggestions you have to improve victim services in Thames Valley.

To take part in the online survey please visit:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PRCI_TVOPCCvictimsurvey

Alternatively interviews, lasting approximately 20 minutes, can be conducted over the phone. Please contact Caitlyn McGeer on the email below to schedule an interview:
c.mcgeer@perpetuityresearch.com

Participants will be entered into a draw to win £50 in shopping vouchers.

The information you give is confidential, anonymous and will only be used for the purposes of this piece of research. Perpetuity will write a report, incorporating your views (anonymously) to highlight to the OPCC how improvements can be made to the support services available for victims of crime in the Thames Valley. 



Message from NHS Berkshire Health Network

It’s been a fast-paced start to 2017, and next month is set to be even busier with a whole host of events and public meetings planned. These will enable you to share your views find out the latest news about your local NHS and from your Clinical Commissioning Groups governing body. There is also some news about a new support service for Veterans who have experienced trauma, a health awareness campaign around strokes, a free weight management programme and how you can have your say on Thames Valley NHS 111 service.

Eat 4 Health

Eat 4 Health is a free weight management programme serving West Berkshire. If you feel your weight is an issue and you are unsure what to do about it, the Eat 4 Health team offer a FREE 10-12 week weight management programme to support you in achieving your losing weight. The programmes are delivered in group settings and are open to anyone 16 years and above who have a body mass index (BMI) over 25.

You can self-refer or go through your GP. More information is available on the Eat 4 health website.

The Veterans Trauma Network

The Veterans Trauma Network is a recently launched service for patients with service-related traumatic injuries and conditions. The Network provides specialist care to veterans with service-specific traumatic injuries. Veterans benefit from a personalised care plan implemented by top military and civilian trauma experts. The needs of veterans' families and carers are also taken into consideration.

The network is the result of a partnership between the NHS, MOD, Blesma, Blind Veterans UK and Style for Soldiers, and it was developed following feedback from veterans, their families and GPs.
The network operates 10 centres across England in eight major cities and will serve as a regional hub for veteran care, including mental health services, national centres of expertise and major service charities. There is an online video you can watch to find out more about the Veterans Trauma Network.

Referrals can be made via your GP or via Blesma (an Armed Forces charity) by either emailing bsoprosthetics@blesma.org or calling 0208 548 7080.

Share Your Care

A new system for sharing information in Berkshire allows instant, secure access to your health and social care records for the professionals involved in your care.

Sharing your electronic records with the people who look after you gives them the most up-to-date information about you and makes your care safer and more efficient. The computer system used by health and social care professionals to see your shared record is called Connected Care.

The system takes a regular snapshot of information held at GP surgeries, hospital departments and local authorities across Berkshire. Those snapshots combine into a single, shared record all about you. Only those directly involved with your care and authorised to use the system can see your information.If you are present and able to answer, then you will be asked whether it is OK for the person looking after you to look up information about you on the computer system.

The computer system reduces the time spent by professionals checking details from different health and social care organisations. It can also reduce delays to your treatment caused by a lack of information. More information is available on a dedicated website.

The CCGs in Berkshire West hope you have found this bulletin of interest and encourage you to come along to one of the public meetings to find out more about the latest news about the future of your local NHS.


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This is a message from Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association


With the considerable increase in the number and the variety of cons and scams, thieves are adapting their methods to come up with new ways to steal your personal data and other information.


On most new credit or debit cards, you will see a wireless symbol which informs you that your card uses Radio Frequency Identification RFID technology. This allows you to simply tap your card on card-readers to make payments of up to £30.

However, this comes with security risks, as criminals can create an RFID reader with minimal effort and steal your details. They can also download an app onto their Smartphones to achieve the same results. They only need to brush past your pocket or bag with their device to do this. You might not even notice it happening.

You can prevent this happening with the Card Defender. This is a sleeve card holder that provides RFID - blocking technology and it protects contactless cards from being read. A similar device was demonstrated on a recent edition of BBC TV's 'Rip of Britain'.

We recommend that everyone carrying a contactless cards should have one or more Card Defenders. This also applies to Oyster cards and students' ID cards.

Card Defenders are now available from Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association for just £1.00 each; 5 for £4.00, or 7 for £10.00 plus postage.

Please distribute this information to your family, neighbours and friends.

To order please contact us at: naomi.arnold33@gmail.com