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Yes, it’s election time again! Welcome to the latest edition of BH Living. We’ve received lots of positive comments about the magazine over the last few months and it’s really pleasing to hear that so many across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are enjoying the magazine. We’ve had a few requests to publish the magazine more regularly and we’re hoping to accommodate this in 2020, meanwhile, if you’re on facebook or Twitter, why not follow us to get the latest up-to-date news across BCP: You can find us by typing in @bhlivingdorset or visit www.bhliving.co.uk to see our online news portal. As I write, the residents of BCP are getting ready for yet another election! It’s amazing to think that local people have been asked to visit the ballot box no less than six times in the last four years. (3 general elections, 1 local election, 1 Euro election and 1 Referendum). Let’s hope that the latest election happening on 12 December 2019 will put an end to the uncertainly and we can finally look forward to the future without the spectre of another election or referendum! For those of us who are a bit ‘ballot box weary’, we can at least take one token of solace: that we live in a safe democracy where we can all exercise our democratic right without fear or prejudice. The same can’t be said for many parts of the world where people don’t have that basic freedom. So, let’s all make one more trip to the ballot box on the 12 December and exercise that precious right – the right to vote. As if another election wasn’t exciting enough (!), we’ve got a magazine crammed with fantastic ideas for enjoying the festive season and beyond. Check out our special pullout section in the middle of the magazine for details of events and happenings across the BCP area. For many, Christmas is a time of fun, family and joviality but for some, it can be an unhappy time. In this edition we’ve got some important features on mental health, including depression and suicide (page 26) and tackling domestic abuse (page 22). The latter is touched upon during my interview with Dorset’s Chief Constable James Vaughan (page 12) Finally, I’d like to wish all our readers a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. Let’s keep an eye on our single and elderly neighbours and friends during these winter months. I’m sure many would appreciate a quick knock on the door with an offer of a mince pie!
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Contents 4-8 Local News 11 Business News 12-14 Interview Dorset Police Chief 15-18 Special Christmas Pullout 20-21 Primary School OFSTED 22-23 Tackling Domestic Abuse 24 Book Reviews 26-28 Depression At Christmas 30 What’s On
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Work set to kick off on new AFC Bournemouth training facility
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Plans for a new multi-million pound training facility for AFC Bournemouth have now been approved by BCP Council, subject to Secretary of State referral. The state-of-the-art facility will be located on the 57-acre former Canford Magna golf club site, and bring the Cherries’ training facilities for the first team, development squad, academy and pre-academy together into one location. In December 2017, AFC Bournemouth received planning permission from the Borough of Poole for the scheme but submitted amended plans to the existing permission to BCP Council earlier this year. The plans include ten full size pitches, three junior pitches, an indoor artificial playing surface, an outdoor artificial playing surface, state-of-the-art medical, fitness, sports science and rehabilitation facilities, administrative space and a press conference theatre.
Land levelling on the former golf course is due to start later this month, and the club has put all major construction packages out to tender. AFC Bournemouth chief executive, Neill Blake, said: “I am delighted that Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council has approved our amended plans for the training complex at Canford Magna. This is a development which will be state-of-the-art in its design and facilities, while remaining sympathetic to the green belt land it is situated on. “It is a hugely important scheme, as it will help continue the club’s progression at the highest level of football, which will in turn have a positive effect on the region as a whole. This is an incredibly exciting time for the club, both on and off the pitch.” Find out more about the plans, as well as the latest news from the club, at www.afcb.co.uk/ news/club-news/newtraining-complex-workto-commence/
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New board is set up to tackle homelessness A new partnership has been set up with the aim of reducing and preventing homelessness in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. The new Homelessness Reduction Board will see BCP Council joining forces with all local organisations and sectors that are involved in work to combat homelessness. The board will work collaboratively towards joint aims to prevent homelessness and tackle rough sleeping. Councillor Kieron Wilson cabinet member for Housing, BCP Council said: “I look forward to working with colleagues as we outline a way towards achieving our challenging goal of reducing and eventually ending homelessness and rough sleeping.” Speaking at the launch of the new Board last month, Alistair Doxat-Purser, Chief Executive, Faithworks Wessex said: “So many people of goodwill across the BCP Council area want to play a part in helping individuals facing hidden or street homelessness; we must be able to work more effectively by bringing together the power of each organisation whether statutory, voluntary, all the fabulous church and community activities, or all the untapped skills in the business sector.
Homelessness in the BCP region Figures released at the end of 2018 by Homeless charity ‘Shelter’ put Christchurch in 6th place in the national homelessness figures with 120 people living in temporary accommodation, although Christchurch did have considerably less rough sleepers than Bournemouth or Poole.
48 rough sleepers Christchurch has 5 rough sleepers Poole has 35 rough sleepers Bournemouth has
‘My belief is that today’s launch of the Homelessness Reduction Board is more than a bit of governance: it is our chance to stand shoulder to shoulder so that “my neighbour”, every one of them, has somewhere safe to call “home” tonight. This is a red-letter day!”
Shocking statistics reveal plight of homeless people. On average Homeless people die at just 44 years old People living rough on the street are almost
17 times more likely to be victims of violence Homeless people are nine times more likely to take their own life
National Homeless Charity Crisis who work on the frontline assisting homeless people are currently appealing for people to support a homeless person this Christmas with a safe place, a Christmas meal and education and support for just £28.87. Visit www.crisis.org.uk/get-involved/ reserve-a-place-at-crisis-at-christmas/
Don’t forget to use your vote on 12 December Thursday 12 December will see the nation going to the polls again for a General Election. Poll cards will be sent to all residents who are registered to vote (You must be registered to vote by midnight on Tuesday 26 November) giving you the address of where your polling station will be. Due to the very quick nature of this election, readers should take care to check where their polling station is as it may not be in the place you usually vote. Polling Stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. You do not need to take your Poll Card to the station to vote but it helps the officials deal with people more speedily during busier times.
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Plans are revealed for Lansdowne transformation
Ambitious plans to transform and pedestrianise parts of Lansdowne have been set out by BCP Council.
but also to make this a destination for people to enjoy when visiting Bournemouth.
Holdenhurst Road and Lansdowne Roundabout are the main focus for investment, and the council promises that the development will transform the public realm and create new spaces for people to enjoy.
“As well as creating and sustaining new jobs for the people of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole these proposals are also about restoring and improving connectivity for pedestrians.”
A public consultation on the plans concluded in November, and the feedback provided will now be used to influence the final designs. Investigatory groundworks are likely to start later this year with a full programme of works planned from next year.
Look out for more details on the consultation outcome and the next stage of the plans at bcpcouncil.gov.uk
The plans include urban areas for social interaction such as outdoor meeting spaces and break out areas, as well as new performance platforms for festivals and events. Councillor Vikki Slade, Leader of BCP Council, said: “Creating a sense of place and ensuring the area continues to attract investment is essential to Lansdowne. “The plans for Holdenhurst Road and Lansdowne Roundabout provide a much-needed boost to the investment already underway – not only to support the thriving population of residents, workers and students
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Green light for new operating theatres at Poole Hospital BCP Council has approved plans for the expansion of operating theatres at Poole Hospital, which will create a state-of-the-art facility for local residents. The improvements will benefit patients currently using services as they are now, as well as ensuring the theatres will meet the future needs of Poole Hospital’s designation as the area’s major planned care hospital. The theatres will benefit from much more space and better layouts, meaning more patients can be cared for, and with greater privacy and dignity. As we reported in the last issue of BH Living, the plans for the operating theatres at Poole were part of two submissions to the council to transform buildings and services across both Poole and Royal Bournemouth hospitals. The council is also considering the planning application for Royal Bournemouth Hospital, which includes a new building for critical care, maternity and paediatrics; improvements to transport and access to the hospital, and the creation of expanded services.
The two planning applications received nearly 2,500 signatures of support, and Poole Hospital has expressed its thanks to everyone who supported the planning application. Debbie Fleming, joint Chief Executive of Poole, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals said: “We celebrated Poole Hospital’s 50th anniversary this year and this planning permission will unlock an important investment in our operating theatres. This is an exciting part of our clinically-led transformation plans across our hospitals to make our services stronger for the future.”
New bus route for Christchurch residents
Christchurch residents can now benefit from a new Yellow Buses route. The new Route 21 will operate between Christchurch, Somerford Estate, Sainsbury’s, Burton and Bransgore in both directions three times a day. This new route in part replaces the C1. These new journeys are complementary to the existing Route 1 journey from Burton for Bournemouth. Find out more at www.yellowbuses.co.uk/route-21
BU research reveals the benefits of outdoor events to local economy
Research by a team of academics at Bournemouth University has revealed that outdoor events such as Bournemouth’s Air Festival contribute more than £30bn to the UK economy. The research, carried out by Dr Caroline Jackson, Professor Adam Blake and Jon Hibbert, revealed that outdoor events are undervalued for the contribution they make to the economy. In the South West region, outdoor events including the Bournemouth Air Festival and Arts by the Sea contributed £2.3 billion to the local economy in 2018. Dr Jackson said: “The temporary nature of events makes them a higher risk. They are potentially under threat because of austerity so we needed to argue their case – socially and economically. In terms of income generated, the outdoor events industry is larger than forestry and fishing, agriculture, air transport and recreation.” Find out more about the research at www.eventsindustryforum.co.uk/index.php/contributing-billions-tothe-uk-economy – and keep an eye on BH Living’s own listings pages for news on forthcoming outdoor events in the local area.
New parish for residents of Throop and Holdenhurst? Extra council tax precept could be payable if plans are approved. A community governance review is underway following the submission of a petition to create a new parish of Throop and Holdenhurst. The review was instigated after BCP Council received a petition carrying 293 signatures from local residents. It relates to the existing parish of Holdenhurst, and the unparished parts of the Muscliff and Strouden Park district ward.
Local boost for affordable housing Affordable housing in Bournemouth and Poole has received a boost with the opening of a new development in Holes Bay and a funding investment for the region of £4.3m. Last month saw the opening of Nile Court, Sovereign Housing Association’s new development at Holes Bay Road in Poole, which will provide 46 much-needed affordable homes in the centre of the town.
Residents and other interested parties were invited to give their views during the initial stage of the review, and a Task and Finish Group have now evaluated those views. The first stage of the review found the greatest weight of support in favour of creating a new parish by extending the existing parish of Holdenhurst. Following consideration by councillors, a consultation will now take place on the recommendations for the new parish, including the exact parish boundary. Members of the public will have a twelve-week period to submit their feedback once the consultation opens.
The success of the development was thanks to the support of BCP Council, who provided the land, Homes England, who invested grant funding, and local contractor Drew Smith Ltd, who helped deliver the scheme.
According to BCP Council’s website, the initial consultation which took place between 15 July and 1 September 2019. The deadline for initial feedback on the proposals closed on 1st September, although many residents we’ve spoken to were unaware of the proposals.
BCP Council also reported last month that it has received national funding of £4.312M for the development of housing at Turlin Moor in Poole and Princess Road in Bournemouth.
Further consultations on the draft recommendations began on 15th November 2019 and residents are encouraged to give their views. Visit https://live-bcpcouncil-bournemouth. cloud.contensis.com/Council-and-Democratic/ Elections-and-voting/voting/ThroopHoldenhurst-Gov-Review
The funding, which was agreed by the Government’s housing agency Homes England, will speed up the construction of homes in the area. A grant of over £474,000 has been awarded for the redevelopment of Princess Road, Westbourne, to help meet the need for more emergency, affordable and rental accommodation in the area. Turlin Moor has received a grant of £3.8M. This will support the infrastructure and enabling works that will allow the development of approximately 400 homes and enhancements to the open spaces in the area. Look out for more news on the development of homes in both areas at www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk
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Dorset Chamber sends Brexit brochure to 18,000 Dorset businesses as uncertainty continues different pages dedicated to different industry sectors, design it and produce it – all within just three weeks.
As a result of funding from central government, The DCCI (Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry) landed the unenviable task of helping specific businesses and industry sectors prepare for a nodeal brexit. The chamber were tasked with contacting Dorset businesses of a specific size, in specific locations, in specific industry sectors and sending them up-to-date Brexit information which related to their principle business activities. There are over 50,000 registered businesses based in Dorset spread over a range of sectors including Tourism, Manufacturing, Finance and Agriculture to name but a few. With the help of a few key chamber member businesses, the DCCI were able to write a detailed brochure with
Bournemouth based PR company Deep South Media researched and wrote the content with help from the chamber, Ferndown based design company Brightbox Designs, pulled it all together and designed it with Winton based publishing and distribution company IMS Group, printing and distributing the brochure using their Business Data Profiling tool to identify the target businesses, the contact at the business and their business location. “It was quite a challenge”, said IMS Group Managing Director Jason Harris, “we had a very tight timeframe in which to deliver what is a very important communication, and that coupled with the very specific delivery requirements meant that we had to be very focussed – there was very little margin for error! “Despite this, it was a very enjoyable project to work on and really put our Business Data Profiling tool to the test.
Identifying a decision maker in a company that works in the livestock sector of the Agricultural Industry somewhere in Dorset is not an easy task. This replicated 18,000 times meant that my team had to work really hard to ensure we got the communication into the right hands. “It’s testament to all the companies involved that the very useful Information pack got out in time. Full marks to Deep South Media for compiling some really useful information and to Brightbox for creating a really professional looking booklet. Irrespective of people’s views on Brexit, it was an important piece of communication” said Jason. DCCI Chief Executive Ian Girling said “This Brexit guidance for businesses contains some really useful sector specific guidance as well as signposting to other great sources of guidance. Huge thanks to everyone involved – and a brilliant team effort in creating and delivering it so quickly”
Local business creates environmentally friendly wooden toothbrush Recently the BH Living team were invited to try out a new ‘Eco Toothbrush’ from Bournemouth based company ‘Bamboozle’ who claim their toothbrushes are eco-friendly, land friendly and ocean friendly. With a claim like that we felt we had to put them to the test. On first sight we loved how it came in biodegradable and recyclable packaging, we had to admit we had some doubts as to its performance but we needn’t have worried. The Charcoal and Nylon blend bristles, although very soft, offer an effective clean and early worries it wouldn’t be enough to keep our teeth clean were soon dispelled. Another of our reviewers, a six year old who took to his brush with great enthusiasm, said “I liked it, it was very soft and I like the way it made my mouth all frothy. It feels very light and easy to use”
We only conducted a small trial of two weeks, so we’re not sure how it would perform over the longer term and if you are a heavy smoker or tea/coffee drinker whether it would work on any stains. The manufacturer claims the brush will still work in these cases. When your brush comes to the end of its useful life, reuse it from something else or snap the brush head off (this part is not biodegradeable), then put the handle in your composter – overall a great environmental addition to your bathroom. Learn more about the Bamboozle here www.bamboozletoothbrush.co.uk/
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Good is not good enough, we want to be outstanding” says Dorset Police Chief Police and crime figures have been in the national headlines lately, not least because the government recently announced 20,000 extra police officers in England and Wales over the next 3 years. We caught up with our own police chief, James Vaughan, Dorset Police’s Chief Constable to find out how our police force are tackling crime and what the future plans are. BHL: Compared to some, you’re fairly new to the role of Chief Constable, how have you found the job so far? JV: Yes, fairly new, I started in April 2018 when I came in as the acting chief constable but I officially became Chief Constable of Dorset in February of this year. It’s a great job and there’s no better county than Dorset to live and work in! I was the Deputy Chief Constable here before being made Chief and so had a lot of insight into how things ran here before taking on the job. What challenges have you faced as you’ve stepped into the role? JV: When I came in, we were coming towards the end of a tough economic period with year-on-year budget reductions. As Deputy I’d spent 5 hard years finding ways to deliver the same service with less resources but it was an enjoyable challenge actually. I was really proud that we delivered those efficiencies and we are now running the force as well as it has ever been run. We’re performing well compared to the national picture. We’ve got a good HMIC (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services) rating despite the difficulties. Dorset Police is one of the lowest funded police forces from central government funds, which is why local council tax payers have had to pay more (known as a Police Precept). We’ve had shrinking resources and growing demand which presented me with a problem around the wellbeing and morale of the force. There is only so many times you can ask a shrinking force to do more before eventually their in-tray is full and their capacity to do more becomes quite strained. We’ve always tried to continue to do all the same things we’ve always done with less people and less resource but there are limits. By the end of 2018, I’m on record as saying, “if we don’t start having some investment in policing then we can no longer continue to meet the demands that we currently meet”. BHL: You mentioned increasing demand, in what ways have Dorset Police faced increasing demand? JV: Crime going up, incidents going up and the nature of the crime becoming more complex to resolve. We have had more crime that is being perpetrated against vulnerable people, children, sexual offence victims and we have an elderly population. Child abuse and sexual offences and abuse of the elderly take much longer to investigate than criminal damage
to somebody’s garage. So the mission was, and is, becoming more complex. Last year after publicly voicing concerns along with other Chiefs and PCCs, the government listened and extra resource has been announced. BHL: So how have the Police reacted to those increasing demands and will things improve? JV: We’ve now had the 20,000 new officers promise from the Home Office and the first 6,000 of those nationally are in the budget for next year. So whatever happens with the election, even if we have a change in government, the first six thousand extra officers, and for us that is 50, are ‘in the bag’. We also have an innovation board looking at new ways of fighting crime. We have done some ‘therapy’ with the work force to try and reverse the negative effects of the past as well - so we don’t continue to make people unwell and we are already starting to see the benefits of that. BHL: What’s the feeling now among senior staff and those on the frontline? JV: Although the staff might tell you they don’t quite feel it yet, I think we’ve put ourselves in a good position as far as staff welfare is concerned. And with the 10 out of 10 ‘Good’ ratings we already have from HMIC, the 50 extra officers we’re getting next year, (which is about 4% of officer numbers) is good news for all. It’s my intention not to allow any of the new investment to be used to unpick the efficiency savings we’ve made in the past, it has to go into new capability to do new things to prevent crime. If we reinvest carefully over the next few years it really will be like ‘rocket fuel’. I use the term ‘rocket fuel’, because I think it will be like an adrenaline shock for the force. I think the environment to move forward for us is a fertile one and I’m excited. We can make those 50 officers do an awful lot of good, because we are not going to have to use them to repair damage from austerities. The funding for the 50 officers doesn’t arrive until the next financial year but we’ve gone ahead and started recruitment. We’ve taken a risk and we’ve accelerated our recruitment to be ahead of the game for next year. All images used courtesy of Dorset Police
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POLICE BHL: So how will you be using the extra resources? JV: We’re developing a new strategy called ‘Your Dorset. Your Police. Your View’. (Readers can find information here: www.dorset.police.uk) In it, I’m asking for views on where we should invest new resources. Prevention is a big thing. This means more than just lock your garages, lock your cars, don’t leave your handbag on the seat etc - It’s what we call ‘hard edge prevention’, so it’s investing in offender management, preventing people reoffending and young people entering the criminal justice system. Rural crime is my little ‘jewel in the crown’, so with a very small amount of resource spent on a particular problem in a focused way, we’ve created some really good outcomes in rural communities. We also have to invest in new capabilities; cyber-crime, digital crime, modern slavery, child exploitation - all those kinds of areas. They are new, emerging and complex issues that need new skills. Not all of them can be delivered by police officers. The cyber detective these days is probably not an officer but more likely someone straight from university. They typically come in with an additional forensic background and may work for us for a few years and then go on to work at GCHQ or in the private sector which pays better. So, we are having to adjust our work force plan to meet new demands. BHL: There have been a number of cases locally in BCP, where vulnerable people have been the victims of scammers and fraudsters, do the police have a plan to combat this? JV: One of the things about law enforcement is that you can’t always arrest your way out of these kind of problems. Some of these scams are being perpetrated by foreign organised crime gangs, often using artificial intelligence that will phone a million households offering a generous HMRC rebait for example. Of course, they only need one in a million people to think it is a genuine call to commit the crime and unfortunately enforcement is often not always possible. We do a range of things, as well as awareness campaigns. Our cyber crime officer is out every day, talking to groups of people, often elderly people, because they seem to be preyed on more often. The aim is to harden our public against it.
BHL: Violent crimes seem to be making headlines and statistics suggest it’s on the increase - what’s Dorset Police’s approach to violent crimes? JV: Residents shouldn’t be too alarmed by the rising figures because relative to our big cities we’re still a safe county. Crime recording standards have been under focus for about 4 years, getting everybody to record crime to the same standards because it was very inconsistent. It made it difficult for government to measure who was doing well and who wasn’t, because often doing well could mean that you weren’t recoding your crime properly. The second thing is that recording rules kept changing. Some crimes are now classified as violent that weren’t previously. Malicious communications became a violent crime a couple of years ago. So, saying something nasty on social media is considered a violent crime, which has had a massive impact on crime figures. Quite a lot of that is really quite serious and sinister and linked to cohesive behaviour, and a lot of it is just unpleasantness. Sexual offences make up a big portion of the violent crime figures but we see this as a positive story, because we’ve worked hard to encourage people to come forward and report sexual offences both recent and non-recent. We are really pleased that people feel more confident to report those offences to us now than they were. The same with hate crime, we want to see hate crime and sexual offence reporting go up, along with domestic abuse, because it means that people are more confident coming to the police than they perhaps were but it has an effect on crime rates. There has been an increase in criminal activity as well, so when you put all those things together it adds up to inflated violent crime figures. That leads to concerns amongst the public, because it’s not well explained, but it’s not as bad as people may think. BHL: Have you set priorities or goals in reducing violent crime? JV: A lot of the violent crime, the stuff that really worries me, is people falling prey to sexual violence. It’s a big issue and a high priority for us along with domestic abuse and hate crimes. I know that a lot of people who are victims of these crimes wouldn’t consider themselves as vulnerable but if you are a repeat victim of domestic abuse then actually there is quite a bit of vulnerability around you.
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Our focus has been on trying to reduce harm to vulnerable people because vulnerable people, or people who have some vulnerability through age, through circumstance or substance abuse are less able to protect themselves than other people. It doesn’t mean other people won’t get the service, but we’ve prioritised that. Which is why I’ve set my ambition for Dorset Police to be rated ‘outstanding’ around those services first, because if we can get that bit right then everything else kind of flows. I think we’ll see violent crime begin to fall again, because the government are going to be setting some headlining priorities for policing to match the extra investment, and they include serious violence crimes, county lines criminality and neighbourhood crime. So as soon as government give a priority list, it focuses PCCs and Chief Constable’s to deliver outcomes that match those priorities. BHL: Some of our readers will have read on www.bhliving. co.uk about a recent breakthrough in BCP on a ‘county lines’ case. Can you briefly explain what ‘county lines’ is and how the Police are dealing with it? JV: Serious and organised crime, county terrorism, county lines in some neighbourhoods sound far-fetched. People don’t see these things in the lovely little villages of Dorset. But there are real threats to the county, we have dozens of people that come from outside of Dorset to prey on vulnerable people. People become vulnerable to these operations because of their drug misuse or they’re on the peripheral of drug dealing because of their vulnerability as children. The irony is that the people coming down perpetrating these crimes tend to be young people that are vulnerable themselves and then they rope our young people into it and take over their homes in order to carry out their criminal activities. It’s a really dangerous model of drug dealing. I’d like to see more investment in partners working together, sharing resources to get underneath that problem and we’ve got lots of plans around that. We can not have gangsters coming into areas like Bournemouth with firearms and knives and doing some of the very serious harm that gets perpetrated by organised crime. So, we have to have capability around that and we share intelligence with Police forces across the country. BHL: Is it true that a lot of crime is committed by previous offenders? If so, how can this be reduced? JV: One of the rules of thumb in criminology is 10% of offenders commit 50% of the overall crime. If a ‘professional burglar’ is committing 10 burglaries a month and there are two others operating at a similar level, that’s 30 burglaries a month committed by just 2 or 3 people. When it comes to property crime - burglaries, shed breaks and car thefts, it’s a very small cohort that are committing these crimes. We’ve got what we call an integrated offender management unit in Bournemouth, so we have people from probation and rehabilitation services, the police and drug outreach services working together to manage that small cohort of offenders. Because if you can get one offender to stop offending, you
could prevent a hundred crimes. Where as locking your windows and shutting your doors is great advice, hard edge prevention is about tackling repeat offenders. BHL: It doesn’t seem long ago that we were reporting a proposed merger between Dorset and Devon & Cornwall Police. It never happened but could it happen in the future? JV: It has been shelved; it was shelved in October 2018. A decision to move forward to a full merger required the 4 decision makers to decide, the four being the two chief constables and the two Police and Crime Commissioners. Only three of the four were willing to commit. Personally I was fully supportive of a merged police force, but for now the idea has been parked. BHL: It’s been really enlightening to hear about your aspirations and the positivity around the force at the moment. Just one final question: What would you like your legacy to be after you leave your post here at some time in the future? JV: We’re delighted to be rated as ‘good’, on all ten measures during the last inspection. We were measured on ten key areas, broken down into three pillars; efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy. But what the PCC and I both say is that ‘good’ really isn’t ‘good enough’. It would be quite depressing for a new Chief to come in and say we are just going to be good enough. Of course we have set the bar much higher. I do genuinely think we can get to some outstanding levels. If we got to ‘outstanding’ on one measure, which is around protecting vulnerable people, I think that would be a great start. But it is not about the force being given shiny badges it is about providing outstanding services to people who can’t protect themselves. We can’t be rated ‘outstanding’ for services to the vulnerable without local councils being outstanding around their services too, so I of course need to work with them to help them make sure their child protection and adult safeguarding arrangements are as good as they can be. No police force in the country is currently ranked ‘Outstanding’ for vulnerability, so it is a really high ambition that might take us two or three years to achieve, but we are determined. I feel quite confident and excited to move forward as a force, there’s a lot of new blood on the block all looking to make a difference. When I finally retire from policing, I’d like to be able to look back and think I actually did good work, I made a difference. I think I could probably enjoy my retirement more if I leave a legacy of this police force providing an outstanding service.
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas across BCP. Twinkly lights adorn the windows, log fires crackle and small children are busy writing their letters to Santa. Christmas 2019 is coming to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and this year we’ll be celebrating in style! From reindeer making to colourful parades and Santa grottos, the local area has an array of activities to enjoy over the Christmas period. And once the festive fun is over, there’s plenty on to help you beat the January blues too, from winter walks to fascinating cultural exhibitions…
Winter Walks The beautiful Dorset countryside offers some fantastic spots for winter walks, ideal for burning off that festive indulgence. For inspiration, routes and maps, try www.walkingbritain.co.uk/Dorsetwalks-list or www.visit-dorset.com/things-to-do/activities/walking/ walking-routes, or take a look at the ideas below for local activities.
Kingston Lacy illuminated gardens Wrap up warm and enjoy a December dusk walk in the illuminated grounds of Kingston Lacy. This year’s light display takes inspiration from the stories of the Bankes family, and promises to be a truly magical experience. Where: Kingston Lacy, Wimborne When: 4-7pm from 4 December to 5 January (with Christmas closing) How much: Standard entry costs More info: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy
NewLeaf Health Walk Enjoy a healthy start to the new year with this weekly nature walk, which takes place every Monday through till April. Alternatively, just pick up a map in the visitor centre at any time and explore this beautiful area under your own steam. Where: Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre, Muscliff, Bournemouth When: Mondays from 10-11.30am How much: Free More info: Visit www.visitstourvalley.co.uk or call 01202 451548
Stour Discovery Trail Discover the Stour and surrounding countryside in a self-guided Sunday walk. Where: Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre, Muscliff, Bournemouth When: Sundays from 11am-3pm How much: Free More info: Visit www.visitstourvalley.co.uk or call 01202 451548
Santa on the Quay Santa arrives in style in a flotilla of boats then spends the day on the Quay, meeting and greeting visitors until 4pm. Activities will include Christmas crafts, circus skills, live entertainment and face-painting. There’s even a snow machine!
Festive Family Fun
Where: Poole Quay When: 11am-4pm Sunday 8 December How much: Free More info: Visit www.poolebid.com/christmas-2019 or call 01202 308800
Christmas Choirs Enjoy a line-up of great music on the high street in Poole, with plenty of Christmas classics to sing along to.
Christmas in Poole
Where: Poole high street (adjacent to Boons) When: 11am-4pm Saturday 14 December How much: Free More info: Visit www.poolebid.com/christmas-2019 or call 01202 308800
Christmas Movie Day
Enjoy a day of festive celebrations in Poole, including a festive parade at 11.30, with a marching band and, of course, Santa on his sleigh. Entertainment will take place on Poole Quay in the morning, and continues in Falkland Square in the afternoon.
Grab a hot drink and snuggle up in the cosy seated movie area in Falkland Square to enjoy festive films including It’s A Very Muppet Christmas Movie, Ice Age and The Santa Clause – weather permitting!
Where: Poole Quay and town centre When: 9am-4pm Sunday 1 December How much: Free More info: Visit www.poolebid.com/christmas-2019 or call 01202 308800
Where: Falkland Square, Poole When: 11am-4pm Saturday 21 December How much: Free More info: Visit www.poolebid.com/christmas-2019 or call 01202 308800
potting S a t San It’s a busy time of year for the big man in red, but he’s leaving the elves in charge and taking time out of his busy schedule to visit locations around Poole, Christchurch and Bournemouth this year. Here’s our pick of the best spots to meet him…
Father Christmas Weekend at the Russell-Cotes
Santa’s Winter Wonderland at Stewarts Garden Centres
Visit Father Christmas in the beautifully decorated Russell-Cotes Dining Room and receive a small gift.
Enjoy a journey through a magical snowy walkway with Santa’s Elves to meet him in his grotto.
Where: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Bournemouth When: 7-8 December How much: £5 More info: Visit www.russellcotes.com/event/father-christmas. Pre-booking required, please call on 01202 451820 between 10am and 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday
Where: Stewart’s Garden Centres, Christchurch/Wimborne When: 23 November-24 December Cost: £12.95 plus £1 per adult More info: Pre-book at santa.stewarts.co.uk
Santa’s Workshop in Poole Park Get crafty and paint your own decorations, make reindeer food and, of course, meet the big man himself. Where: The Ark, Poole Park When: 29 November-24 December Cost: £12.50 More info: Booking required a minimum of 24 hours in advance, find out more at www.thearkpoolepark.co.uk/santas-workshop or call 01202 717197
Santa’s Woodland Grotto at Upton Country Park Santa drops in to Upton Country Park at various dates in December, and this year is joined in his Woodland Grotto by some friendly new elves, owls and donkeys. Where: Upton Country Park, Upton, Poole When: Weekends and school holidays from Saturday 7 December Cost: Varies More info: Pre-book at uptoncountrypark.com/Christmas
Christmas in Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland The magical Christmas Tree Wonderland is back in Bournemouth this year. Explore the trail of beautifully lit trees in the Lower Gardens and marvel at the display’s stunning centrepiece – a 60-foot tree decorated with 30,000 LED lights. Where: Bournemouth Lower Gardens When: Until 2 January 2020 How much: Free More info: Visit www.christmastreewonderland.co.uk or call 01202 451781
SKATE Bournemouth Bournemouth’s popular outdoor ice rink is back for winter 2019, and it’s bigger and better than ever. SKATE Bournemouth offers the ultimate outdoor skating experience, with an emphasis on family fun. Look out for special family ticket rates, skate aids for little ones and Toddler Time. Where: Bournemouth Lower Gardens When: Until 5 January 2020 How much: £9.50 child, £10,50 concessions, £11.50 adult, £38 family More info: Visit www.iceskatebournemouth.co.uk or call 01202 038072
Christmas Market Shop for gifts and goodies at Bournemouth’s colourful Christmas market, and warm up with a festive hot drink or snack at the two-storey Alpine Bar. You can also enjoy a unique Living Advent Calendar this year. Where: Bournemouth Square When: Until 2 January 2020 How much: Free to explore More info: visit www.christmasinbournemouth.co.uk or call 01202 451781
Santa Lives Here at Castlepoint Ever wondered what Santa gets up to when he isn’t working? Find out by visiting his special holiday pod at Castlepoint! Where: Castlepoint Shopping Park, Bournemouth When: 11am-4pm, 2-20 December How much: Free More info: Visit www.castlepointshopping.com or call 01202 510050
Christmas in Christchurch Christmas Celebrations at the Red House Museum The Red House Museum will be hosting free seasonal activities over the festive period, including lantern-making workshops and live music. Booking is required for the workshops. Where: Red House Museum, Christchurch When: From 23 November (check website for exact dates) How much: Free More info: Visit www.hampshireculture.org.uk/red-house-museum-andgardens or call 01202 482860
Christmas at the Priory The spectacular Christchurch Priory hosts a range of seasonal services and events over Christmas, including carol concerts, choral events and, this year, a special performance of The Snowman (see page 30 for more details). Where: Christchurch Priory When: Events taking place throughout December How much: Various More info: www.christchurchpriory.org
Christmas Spectacular 2019 Returning for its eighth fabulous year of family entertainment, The Glad Rag Production Company is bringing a brand new Christmas Spectacular to the Regent Centre stage. Bursting with festive delights, this highly acclaimed company will create a magical Christmas treat for the whole family to enjoy. Where: Regent Centre When: 18-24 December How much: £16-£17, Family ticket £58 More info: www.regentcentre.co.uk
Breakfast with Santa at Harvester and Toby Carvery Enjoy a pre-Christmas brunch and meet the man in red at these great-value breakfast events Where: Various locations around Poole, Christchurch and Poole When: From 7 December (various dates) How much: £5.99 including breakfast More info: Visit www.harvester.co.uk or www.tobycarvery.co.uk
Santa’s Grotto in Beales Join Santa in his Grotto at Beales, with gifts for little ones who’ve been good! Where: Beales department store, Bournemouth When: Up to 24 December How much: £9 per child, parents and guardians can accompany free of charge More info: Book at www.beales.co.uk/santas-grotto-tickets.html
Santa in the Sovereign Centre Visit Santa in his Grotto in Boscombe’s Sovereign shopping centre, with free face-painting and shows from Mr Merlin and Okey Dokey. Where: Sovereign Centre, Boscombe When: 23 November-24 December How much: £5 More info: www.coastalchristmas.co.uk/boscombe
Arts & Culture Beat the January blues with some culture and history at one of the local area’s many galleries and museums.
Costermongers, Cobblers and Coffee Shops: A History of Christchurch High Street
Christmas Crafts Reindeer making Join the rangers at the Kingfisher Barn to make your own cute reindeer from natural materials. With mince pies, stollen and a choice of (non-alcoholic) mulled wine or hot chocolate. Look out for other crafty events too, including wreath-making and Christmas decorations. Where: Kingfisher Barn, Muscliff When: Various dates in December How much: £8 per reindeer More info: Visit www.visitstourvalley.co.uk or call 01202 451548
Poole Museum Make & Take Enjoy free craft sessions at the Poole Museum throughout December. Activities include festive candle decorations and a fun collage activity inspired by the painting ‘The Queen’s Christmas Tree at Windsor Castle’. Where: Poole Museum, Poole When: 1-31 December (during museum opening hours) How much: Free More info: www.poolemuseum.org.uk or call 01202 262600
Take an interactive journey through the history of Christchurch high street, from its medieval markets and fairs, through to the prospoerous late 19th and early 20th centuries. Visitors will also be invited to think about the role of the high street today and contribute their own thoughts on how it may prosper in the future. Where: Red House Museum, Christchurch When: 10am-4pm until 1 February 2020 How much: Free More info: Visit www.hampshireculture.org.uk/red-housemuseum-and-gardens or call 01202 482860
Sublime Symmetry January is your last chance to catch this fascinating exhibition, which explores the clever mathematics behind William De Morgan’s famous ceramic designs. The exhibition features stunning tiles, plates and vases by the Victorian ceramics designer. Where: Russell Cotes Gallery, Bournemouth When: Until 2 February 2020 How much: £4 children, £7.50 adults More info: Visit www.russellcotes.com or call 01202 451858
Why ‘on-the-bus’ is better than on-line for local shoppers this Christmas
(Plus your chance to win a £25 town centre Gift Card) Imagine wrapping up in your favourite woolly scarf and hat, jumping on the bus to Bournemouth, Poole or Christchurch. As the bus draws to a halt, the doors open and the chilly winter evening air hits you along with the smell of roasted chestnuts and marshmallows and the sound of laughing children. As you admire the Christmassy shop windows, you hear the Salvation Army band playing your favourite Christmas carols. This is the scene that will greet many Christmas shoppers as they venture into town to buy that special gift for a loved one. Contrast this experience with just sitting in front of a computer and tapping on a keyboard and there’s no contest about which offers the more enjoyable Christmas shopping experience. With so many businesses competing for your cash this season, BH Living have started the ‘Backing BCP Businesses this Christmas’ campaign in an effort to encourage readers to shop locally and support our local businesses. So don’t miss out on the chance to immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas across the BCP area this season. We’ve even teamed up with our friends at More Bus to offer our readers discounted journeys to their favourite shopping destination this Christmas.
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Wow! Discounted bus travel for BH Living readers this December! Morebus – Bournemouth & Poole’s award winning bus operator are really keen to support the high street this Christmas. Local shoppers can get a 20% discount off of a dayrider ticket. There are 4 fare zones, so all you need to do is choose the correct zone and buy the ticket with their mobile app Clickit2ride. Use discount code HIGHST20. A dayrider starts from just £3.70 and with their discount it takes it down to less than £3!
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Applying for a primary school place? Here’s the lowdown on how our schools are performing For those applying for primary schools for the next academic year the deadline for submitting applications is 15th January 2020 with the confirmed allocations released on 16th April 2020.
Here’s a run down of how some primary schools in the area are performing.
All parents are legally obliged to make sure their child is receiving full time education from the age of five. You can apply for a primary school place in the Autumn term after your child turns four. If you have a child born in the summer term (from 1st April- 31st August) you may be able to defer them for another year by applying in the Autumn after your child turns five. However, you need to get permission from BCP council and the school if you wish to do so.
Schools that currently have an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’ in the area are Manorside Academy, Queen’s Park Academy, Mudeford Junior School, Jewell Academy Bournemouth, Elm Academy and St Walburga’s Catholic Primary School. Christchurch Infant School have also made the suitable improvements to their ‘Good’ rating in 2009 to achieve ‘Outstanding’ in 2015.
There is a lot of consider when deciding on a primary school such as your catchment area, OFSTED reports and league tables. Local Authorities usually prefer to allocate your child at the school closest to where you live, known as the ‘catchment area’. You can find out your ‘catchment’ school by visiting OFSTED’s website, however you are allowed to apply for places in other schools too. In some cases, if the school you are applying for already has a sibling there, it may be more likely for you child to get accepted, although some councils are phasing this ‘rule’ out.
Bethany Church of England Junior School latest rating is ‘Requires Improvement’, however the Ofsted report states that the school has a strong pastoral care team and is a good school for personal development and behaviour of the pupils. The headteacher of the school has also overcome challenges and has made particular changes which will improve the school in the future. Another school in the area that ‘Requires Improvement’ is the Priory Church of England Primary School in Christchurch. Although, the new headteacher has been praised for acquiring an accurate picture of where the school needs to improve and the school has good progress for the early years. Christ The King Catholic Primary School’s early years department is singled out as being good in the areas of physical education and music despite it’s rating of ‘Requires Improvement’. Heathlands Primary Academy also have a rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ although pupils have a fast rate of improvement and the safeguarding procedures of the school are notably strong. In the BCP area currently, there are no schools with a rating of ‘Inadequate’, and all other schools have the rating of ‘Good’.
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New initiatives for tackling domestic abuse in Dorset In this edition BH Living gets under the surface of domestic abuse to discover one organisation that’s working hard to uncover domestic abuse, get to the root causes of it and perhaps more importantly help put things in place to reduce the chances of it happening again. Because of the nature of domestic abuse and the stigma that is sometimes attached to it, it’s thought that many instances of domestic abuse go unreported for months or even years and in some cases, never get reported despite repeated appeals from the police and other organisations for victims not to suffer in silence.
Because there could be many cases that go unreported, figures quoted on domestic abuse are usually only estimates. The real figure could be much higher. In the year ending March 2018,
an estimated 2 million people aged 16-59 experienced domestic abuse.
1.3 million of these were women and 695,000 were men. Domestic abuse is an extremely sensitive subject and every case is different.
In Dorset, 12.5% of recorded crimes are linked to domestic abuse.
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Despite these estimated figures, the number of domestic abuse-related crimes actually recorded by the police in the year ending March 2018 was 599,549, which was still a 23% increase from the previous year. This is a reflection on both the police improving their rates of identification and the increase in the number of victims coming forward as mentioned by Dorset Police Chief Constable James Vaughan in our interview with him on page 12. Women’s Aid, a charity set up to support and protect women and children from domestic abuse, defines the abuse as ‘an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence in the majority of cases by a partner or expartner, but also by a family member or carer.’ Domestic abuse is often a hidden crime, with the majority of cases happening at home and is more likely to be a form of violence against women or girls, however men can also be on the receiving end of domestic abuse in some cases. One intervention organisation is CARA, an initiative created by the Hampton Trust which is partnered with the police. CARA aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse and works with offenders to help them identify their actions after their arrest. Initially set up in Hampshire, the intervention has now spread to other counties, such as Dorset hoping to roll out the successes in Hampshire and raise further awareness.
HEALTH Chantal Hughes, Chief Executive of the Hampton Trust said: “We all know domestic abuse is a crime and as an offence has so much stigma about it. So often what happens is they [the offender] are released and they don’t talk about it to anyone and it continues to be swept under the carpet.” “So we’re involved in those first steps of engaging someone to start to acknowledge that what they’re doing is abusive.” CARA was set up in 2011 specifically because of the high number of reoffenders of domestic abuse. In 2010 the police had issued around 1500 simple cautions to domestic abuse offenders, which is a warning not to reoffend. However when the police looked at the data, they saw that high numbers of those offenders were coming through the system again. The CARA workshop is designed for those who have a conditional caution. This is a police caution which means the perpetrator has conditions they have to meet to avoid future prosecution. This conditional caution requires you to attend two CARA workshop which are designed to be an opportunity rather than a punishment for the offender. Chantal said: “We just try and get them to reflect on the incident, say what happened, and then we actually start to talk about domestic abuse and what they think it is. “It’s very experiential, lots of discussions and gentle challenges. We want them to think about what the impact of domestic abuse is on their victims and also the impact on them as the individuals.” In the first session of CARA, they talk about the risks and strategies and what to do to take time out if they lose control in a situation. They also discuss statistics and ask the offenders how many calls the police get a day reporting a domestic abuse crime. Chantal mentioned how the offenders almost get blown away by the context and do not realise how big of an issue domestic abuse really is. The second session focusses on the future of the offender and how their behaviour will change. They reflect on the risks they have in their life which create stress factors such as finances or mental health, which may put them at risk of another police call out. Chantal said: “They always say it won’t happen again but they start reflecting on things in their life which actually may put themselves or their families in danger. “We talk about signing up to other services, so, it’s kind of ‘next steps’ when they come to session two really.” At the moment, CARA is only for intimate partner abuse which is solely based on a couple relationship, whether you are together or separated. However, in Hampshire they are trialling a non-intimate CARA for abuse within the family or other relationships. Chantal highlighted the restrictions with only having CARA for intimate partner abuse: “A huge issue is where an arrest has been made where there was nonintimate domestic abuse but they don’t have anything at
their disposal to use other than a caution. “The chances are when somebody is being abusive towards their mother, the likelihood is they will be showing signs of that in their couple relationship or in their future relationship.” Hampshire are the only police force that have been given permission to trial non-intimate CARA, but Chantal hopes that this type of CARA will also be rolled out nationwide. There are also many other charities and organisations around Dorset that help those who are victims or offenders of domestic abuse.
If you have been affected by any issues in this article then speak out by using the details below:
Domestic Abuse Helpline for Dorset (You First): call 0800 032 5204 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BCP Council Domestic Abuse Support: Bournemouth: 01202 547755 Poole: 01202 710777
Men’s Advice Line (Helpline for men experiencing Domestic Abuse): 0808 801 0327
Women’s Aid: 0808 2000 247
Sexual Trauma and Recovery Service: 01202 308855
The National 24 Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 Further information and contact details for other forms of domestic and relationship abuse, including Forced Marriages, Karma Nirvana (so called ‘honour’ based abuse), or children and young people affected by domestic violence and abuse visit: www.bournemouth. gov.uk/communityliving/CrimeDisorder/ DomesticAbuse/domesticabuse.aspx
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The Girl Who Walked Off The Moon Carlo Ortu Reviewed by: Bookworm, Sarah Mae I haven’t read a page turner like this for years. I would 100% recommend this book; it’s an easy read with nostalgic references that will resonate with anyone who knows Bournemouth today or in the early 1990s and anyone who knew South London in the late 90s/early 00s. I could relate to both areas so it felt like I was retracing footsteps and relighting the fire of my long term memory! The suspense of wanting to know more kept me going back for another chapter, I was utterly gripped in the intertwining storylines wondering the whole time how they fit together. A beautifully written, well crafted story. I Loved it. Fabulous fiction, with what seemed to be fact based story-telling and so many Bournemouth references.
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Harriet Evan’s latest novel takes the reader on an emotional journey recounting the tale of a family both united and torn apart by emotions and attachments to their possessions. The story begins in 1918 when we are first introduced to the mystical “Nightingale House” and its occupants, the celebrated painter Ned Horner and his wife Libby. Here it appears that Ned has just destroyed a portrait of their two children entitled “The Garden of the lost and found”. Fast forward to 2014 and a sketch of the infamous painting is due to be auctioned. Juliet Horner, great granddaughter of the artist, is an art expert at the auctioneers involved in the sale. Juliet’s life starts to unravel when she discovers that the husband of her three children is having an affair. A twist of fate sees the key to “Nightingale House “ fall into her possession. This heralds a new beginning for Juliet and her children as she makes the journey to her ancestral home. She embarks on a voyage of self discovery as well as doing the best she can to ensure her children settle into their new life. The subsequent chapters reveal the fascinating story of the Horner family history. Despite spanning a period of over one hundred years many of the struggles encountered by the characters are relevant today. Would thoroughly recommend for anybody who enjoys a well written family saga.
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Figures show increase in suicide attempts in our area In the South West there was an average of 17.7 male deaths out of 100,000 compared to an average 5.7 female deaths. Some other significant increases in deaths were males aged between 20 and 24 rising 31% from 279 in 2017 to 363 in 2018 and males aged between 80 to 84 rising from 65 deaths in 2017 to 126 deaths in 2018.
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Specifically in our own BCP area, as well as an alarming rise in overall suicide rates, which reflect the national picture, there have been at least three incidents of people taking their own lives at local railway stations. Network Rail, who are in charge of the upkeep of the nation’s rail network confirm that the wessex region, which covers Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole has seen a sharper rise in suicide attempts compared to other regions.
(for some, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts can take over)
“We’re working hard to decrease suicide fatalities in the Wessex region as we recognise it’s an area that needs extra resource. So we’ve had extra Trespass & Welfare Officers patrolling sections of the railway in the BCP area” said a senior Network Rail spokesman.
For many, this time of year is a time of fun, family and jolity but for some it can be a time of anxiety, depression and relationship problems. Left alone, depression and anxiety can escalate into other problems and in worst cases can even sadly involve people taking their own lives. The ONS (Office for National Statistics released the latest suicide figures for the UK at the end of September showing a marked increase in suicides in the past year after a period of steady decline Nick Stripe, Head of Health Analysis and Life Events at The ONS said: “We saw a significant increase in the rate of deaths registered as suicide last year which has changed a trend of continuous decline since 2013. While the exact reasons for this are unknown, the latest data shows that this was largely driven by an increase among men who have continued to be most at risk of dying by suicide”.
Network Rail have also trained 20,000 rail staff to help prevent suicides. They each attend a one day course. This helps them to identify people who may be contemplating suicide so they can intervene and hopefully direct the person towards help.
There were 6507 suicides registered in the UK in 2018 with three quarters of this figure being male suicides with the highest rate among the 45 to 49 age group.
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As well as being reactive to the situation, Network Rail are being pro-active in trying to prevent suicide attempts, with the company actively partnering up with The Samaritans and also getting involved in the national ‘Small Talk Saves Lives’ initiative which saw specific suicide prevention advertising during weekend prime time viewing in October.
Network Rail also have an ‘Escalation Policy’ in place which means when a problem is identified in a particular area, the company engage with the Local Authority in that region to highlight the problem and discuss how it can be tackled. Network Rail confirm they are talking to BCP Council about the recent deaths in the area, the spokesman confirmed.
HEALTH What are some of the triggers that lead to emotional problems and ultimately someone wanting to end their own life? Suicide is a hugely complex issue which is particularly sensitive. The nature of suicide makes it very difficult to understand the reasoning behind someone choosing to take their own life, however there are various different programmes and charities out there who can help.
Mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety Research suggests that 90% of all suicides were by people with mental health issues. Does this suggest that our mental health services in the UK are not doing enough to help those who are vulnerable to mental illnesses? Is there a problem with people being able to access the help they need? Or is it the fact that people who are feeling vulnerable aren’t speaking out because of society’s view on people talking about their feelings? We spoke to Jake, a 39 year old man from Bournemouth (his name has been changed to protect his identity) who has had a history of depression stretching back several years. “Depression is like a black cloud that hangs over you, you rarely see the sunlight and when you do it’s only for a fleeting moment and then as quickly as it appeared it’s gone again. It’s not something you can just snap out of. “For me, I’ve been to the doctors and am on antidepressants. I’ve been taking them on and off for some time. The problem goes back to a relationship breakdown. I guess I need help to understand the things that happened several years ago and how to deal with them now. But access to counselling services is quite tricky, but I think that’s probably what I need”.
Relationship breakdowns or bereavement People may become depressed which may lead to suicidal thoughts because of a relationship breakdown, divorce or the loss of a partner. This is because their emotional support which was once there has now disappeared and as well as feeling disconnected from a domestic relationship, they can also feel disconnected with the world at large. Ann, 77 from Winton said “My husband was my world. He sadly passed away in January 2015 and I’ve never been the same since. We did everything together and it feels like my life disappeared the day he left me. I try my best to keep busy and friends and relatives drop in to see me regularly but they can’t replace Charlie. I get terribly down and can’t go out sometimes. I’m not worried about death, I just want to be with my Charlie again”
Childhood background If something traumatic has happened to a person in their childhood, it can stay with them for the rest of their life. It can be something they struggle to cope with especially when combined with other problems that might occur in later life, this may lead them to having suicidal thoughts. Examples could be abuse, an absent parent, bereavement from a loss of a parent, bullying or issues with their education.
Biological reasons Research suggests that being related to someone who has mental health issues can mean it is more likely that you could become suicidal yourself. Also, if a family member has died by suicide, it suggests that the probability of another member of the same family also taking their own life increases, although the likelihood of this is relatively small compared to other reasons.
Financial worries Losing a job can often be a trigger for someone to contemplate taking their own life. This has led some to believe that the higher suicide rates among men in their late 40s might be partly attributed to the loss of status or income following a job loss. People who are dealing with heavy debt are also vulnerable to suicidal thoughts often thinking that the only escape from debt collectors and the barrage of letters is to take their own life. There are many and varied reasons behind depression and someone ultimately wanting to take their own life but there is specific help available.
How is society dealing with the increased rate? There are lots of different organisations working in mental health and who vulnerable people can turn to.
Dorset Mind. Dorset Mind is a charity in the Dorset area that educates and challenges stigmas of mental health and helps encourage people to seek support for mental health issues. They have over 20 focus and support group across Dorset and encourage the improvement of mental health services. Mariane Storey, CEO of Dorset Mind said: “It is difficult to draw any conclusion about why there may have been an increase in suicides in Dorset without closely studying and understanding the evidence.” She adds that the increase of suicide rates “is likely to be a combination of different factors.” Mariane believes more needs to be done in Dorset and Dorset Mind is actively campaigning to “reduce the stigma around talking about mental health and, in particular, suicide, so that everyone can speak up when they need to most.” She added: “Whilst these statistics are saddening, I hope that this evidence encourages much needed conversation. As a community, we all need to take responsibility for bringing these numbers down. Everyone can do their bit – just by talking.”
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HEALTH Relate Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. Relate offers a range of services to help you and your family relationships under any circumstances. The services include relationship counselling, family counselling or parenting tips. They can help a couple seek closure when they are going through a relationship breakdown or encourage couples to communicate about how they are feeling.
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS). This is an organisation which can be found in Bournemouth who help the people who have been bereaved by suicide. When you lose someone to suicide it has a devastating affect one the ones left behind. SOBS is there to help people overcome the isolation experience someone experiences after a loved one takes their own life.
Samaritans The Samaritans operate a 24/7 helpline which anyone can call to speak to someone in confidence. Whether you are having problems yourself or you are worried about someone else or you just need someone to talk to, the Samaritans are there to listen. Network Rail mentioned earlier in our article have teamed up with the Samaritans and several other charities and organisations to create a suicide prevention programme in an attempt to decrease the amount of deaths involving a railway. Working with the Samaritans they aim to de-stigmatise suicide and promote helpseeking behaviour.
If you feel you need to speak to someone you can talk to the following helplines: Samaritans: call 116 123 Dorset 24/: 0300 1235440 Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide, Bournemouth (SOBBS): phone Ingrid on 07847 044 797 Relate, Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch: 01202 311231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably): 0808 802 58 58 5pm-midnight
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Some signs to look out for if you are worried about someone who you feel is vulnerable to suicidal thoughts:
People who are vulnerable to suicidal thoughts will often display different types of behaviour or may suggest things when they are talking that can give you clues. If they suggest they feel trapped or hopeless If they are having significant mood swings If they are talking about taking revenge, feeling guilty or ashamed Appearing very agitated or in a heightened stake of anxiety Consuming more drugs or alcohol than usual Engaging in risky behaviour Experiencing panic attacks Talking about being a burden to others Talking about suicide or dying or expressing regret about being alive However, you also have to be aware that many people with suicidal thoughts tend to keep their thoughts and feelings to themselves and show that nothing is wrong.
How can you help? If you feel like someone you know is suffering or vulnerable then talk to them and listen. Ask them if they are okay, this will not increase the risk of them feeling any more vulnerable and talking can often be the first step to someone seeking help. Keep the vulnerable person safe by removing any means of harming themselves Encourage them to talk to a family member, friend, helpline or see a counsellor Encourage them to do something that they enjoy such as exercising or spending time with a friend or pet Follow them up and regularly ask how they are, it could save their life Volunteer for a helpline service. The Samaritans are always looking for help, along with charities in Dorset who are always looking for volunteers.
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