A Safer Keyham

In December 2021 it was announced that £800,000 of Home Office funding had been granted to Keyham, Ford and the surrounding areas to pay for a programme of community engagement and crime prevention which aims to reassure residents that their neighbourhoods are safe places to live, work and play.

The Home Office funding had been split into two grants:

  • A Safer Keyham grant of £308,000 for crime prevention measures such as better home security, improved CCTV and lighting upgrades, environmental improvements, community training, youth engagement and projects to improve the community.
  • A Keyham Community Policing fund of £514,000 to provide community reassurance and pay for a dedicated community team of police officers for the area as well as funding problem solving activity and youth engagement support.

This funding programme has only recently started and residents will see the full results over the next few weeks and months. 

NEWS

Keyham Greenspace Plan latest. Thanks to everyone who attended the recent community workshops to help finalise plans for the Keyham greenspace improvements. The workshops saw more than 70 people play their part in co-designing the plans for Alexandra Park and North Down Crescent. This feedback will now be compiled and used to inform the updated greenspace designs to be shared over the summer. If anyone who couldn’t make the workshops would like to give feedback on the detail of the draft designs (eg. any particular plants or trees they may like to see), please contact Green Minds here

The University of Plymouth has been asked to do some research in Keyham and Ford to see what the community thinks about the work the police and community safety teams have been doing in the area to make people feel safer since the tragedy. The evaluation will take place over the next few months and involve focus groups and interviews with the community. The team can be contacted at: keyhamevaluation@plymouth.ac.uk and you can find out more here: University of Plymouth research in Keyham and Ford

The Keyham Community Policing Team has put together a leaflet, for distribution across Keyham, detailing key statistics showing their success in reducing crime in the area since the awful event of 12 August, 2021. You can read it here: Keyham leaflet 2022

Improvements for a Safer Keyham. Read about the recent evening walkabout in the area which focused on the physical improvements to Keyham’s green spaces to make the area safer following consultation with residents.

STOP PRESS: Free personal alarms, personal security packs, door tamper alarms, alarmed door wedges and additional safety/home security equipment are now available at the following venues for anyone who might need them:

Keyham Green Places (KGP), 163 Renown Street

Wolseley Trust Community Centre, Wolseley Close

Mindset Project, Ford Gym, Wolseley Close

 

You can see a copy of the Safer Keyham newsletter which we sent out to all residents here: Safer Keyham Newsletter (January 2022)

Below are a few articles about some of the other initiatives currently happening and planned:

Play your part in the future of our green spaces

Improvements for a safer Keyham

Keyham’s Greenspace Plan taking root 

Feel Safe Scheme for Keyham and Ford

Reclaiming our public spaces

Training for People Working with Young People 

Giving youth a voice

Trauma Informed Courses for Keyham

New CCTV and street lighting

Community training

Keyham Community Sparks Grant

The Keyham Community Policing Fund