You may remember that CABOT with Communities Against Knife Crime set up a petition with 10 Downing Street to promote the setting up of Community Champions in the fight against knife crime. Neighbourhoods are no longer communities, they lack the spirit of bygone years. Champions are needed to bring neighbourhoods together and to act as a springboard between agencies and the public.For example, too often these days, stories are to be found in local papers about bodies being found weeks, months and in some cases years, before they are discovered. When this happens, local people are quick enough to slate the local authority and social services. Surely, we are all to blame equally? Years ago, when the milk was left on the step of a neighbour or the newspaper or mail were sticking out of a letterbox the community rallied and notified the correct authorities that there may be a problem. This was community spirit, not surveillance or interference. *Find a neighbour, exchange phone numbers, tell them if you are going away! *Look out for more vulnerable neighbours - if you are concerned about them talk to your local Police Community Support Officer, they can pop round and check if a person is all right. This is another role Community Champions could take on, they could be a point of liaison between the authorities and the community.
CABOT (Challenging Antisocial Behaviour Together incorporating Communities Against Knife Crime ) is a voluntary organisation, we listen, signpost and support people living with antisocial behaviour.
Our office is based in Bristol.
Our officers are all volunteers and have diverse skills bases including the criminal justice system, customer service,local authority and mental health work.
Our organisation is supported by Avon and Somerset Police, Bristol City Council and Safer Bristol Partnership.
We also have a tenant rep, who will help with local authority housing issues in confidence.
We are also taking a proactive stance against knife crime, and would encourage everybody to do the same in a safe and lawful manner. By joining our voices together as a community, we have more chance of being heard than a lone voice shouting in the wind.