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Community Safety Charter

Congleton Town Council is committed to challenging crime and any behaviour which might make people feel unsafe in our town. The council has been working with the Congleton Police and Cheshire East Council ASB team on a variety of issues and holds regular Community Safety Working Group meetings to consider and seek solutions to issues in Congleton. You can see more about the meetings by clicking on the link.

Anti-Social Behaviour – recognising what Anti-Social Behaviour is, what can be done, when and where to report it , how to help others.

Harassment – what you can do to support those who may be experiencing harassment

Bystander Intervention  – how you can support other friends, families and members of the community that are being harassed or feeling uncomfortable due to the actions of others

Hate Crime – what it is, impacts, what you can do.

Community Safety Charter?

In 2022 Congleton Town Council signed up the Community Safety Charter which is delivered through a the national ‘Our Watch’ Neighbourhood Watch campaign. Via the Charter there is access to lots of free information and advice and we are keen that as many local organisations, charities, businesses and groups and individuals with an interest in crime prevention and making Congleton an even better place to live, work or visit to sign up! The Charter extends the scope of crime prevention activities towards a goal of eliminating harassment, antisocial behaviour, and intimidation experienced by anyone who lives, works, studies, or visits anywhere in England and Wales.

The Community Safety Charter is a means by which Neighbourhood Watch members, local residents, businesses, and organisations, agree to do whatever they can together to provide an environment that is safer for everyone, and help us to meet this goal.

The clear message is that we can all “say no to harassment, antisocial behaviour, and intimidation” when we see it, take some action to report or help if it’s safe to do so. We don’t have to accept it as something we have to put up with, we can take action.

Neighbourhood Watch is all about looking after yourself and your neighbours, in Congleton we are all neighbours and we ALL have a common enemy of harassment, antisocial behaviour, and intimidation.

The aim of the charter is to make people aware that everyone can play a part in dealing with harassment, antisocial behaviour, and intimidation, saying yes to the charter affirms your commitment to act and not just be a bystander when you see harassment, antisocial behaviour, and intimidation happening. 

Remember we can all stay safe and still do something to help an individual or stop behaviour that’s not acceptable. 

Why sign up to the Charter?

  • Individuals will feel safer because they know the whole community is looking out for them, which can have a profound effect on their well-being, feelings of safety and confidence
  • No one wants the fear of harassment and intimidation in their community. Signing up to the Charter sends a clear message that this behaviour is not acceptable and will not be tolerated by your organisation or group
  • You will have a clear role in empowering people in your organisation, group or community to do something positive to prevent these crimes in their neighbourhood
  • You will be creating a more positive, safer environment where you work or live
  • The collective power of a wide range of local community members, all working towards a shared goal will have a much greater impact than working individually

Neighbourhood Watch knows that when we take positive actions to reduce risks, support others, and challenge behaviour, we can make a difference.  This module is about  #BETHECHANGE.  We know that YOU can make a difference in our community, a difference at home, and in public spaces.  Whether you make changes in the way that you think, in your actions, or indeed how you speak to people.  The smallest action may seem small but it can have a big impact on someone’s life.

Being the Change means that you will try to challenge behaviour, make changes to your own way of thinking and you won’t just stand by or move on by when someone needs support. If we all do one thing differently then we are going in the right direction making Congleton a better place to live. Together.

The link to #BETHECHANGE is: https://prezi.com/view/E1q5yr7Fip07Zjc9dOZD/

We ask that you do 3 actions with this module:

  • Read it.
  • Share it with others.
  • Take positive action to challenge your own unconscious bias.

You can sign up to the Community Charter to receive your own copies of the free training by clicking here  – Community Charter Pledge

As more becomes available it will be added to this page.

Page last updated 21/7/23