Sandwell’s autumn Safer 6 campaign is back – and launches with an action-packed open day for all the family at Haden Cross Community Fire Station on Saturday 23 September.
The Safer Sandwell Partnership campaign, now in its eighth year, runs for six weeks and includes a focus week for each of the six towns.
Safer 6 is all about partner organisations targeting their efforts and providing extra reassurance during the darker nights, fireworks and bonfire season – a time when crime and anti-social behaviour can rise.
Sandwell Mayor Councillor Ahmadul Haque MBE will officially launch the campaign at a special open day at 10.30am on Saturday 23 September. The event at Haden Cross Community Fire Station, Halesowen Road, Cradley Heath, runs from 10am to 4pm and everyone is welcome.
Get crime prevention advice from West Midlands Police and Sandwell Crime Prevention Panel, watch a chip pan fire demonstration by West Midlands Fire Service and check out Sandwell Council’s Youth Bus promoting young people’s services.
Enjoy music with Black Country Radio and learn about getting fit and active with Sandwell Leisure Trust.
Attractions include face painting, glitter tattoos, a bouncy castle, dance, make-up sessions, a raffle, refreshments and much more.
Each town will have a focus week during the campaign, as follows.
Look out for details of activities in your town over the coming weeks at www.sandwell.gov.uk/safer6. Follow the campaign on Twitter using the #Safer6 hashtag.
You can also watch a short campaign promotional video at www.sandwell.gov.uk/safer6video
West Midlands Fire Service’s Jason Jew, who’s chairing the campaign for the fifth year, said: “I want to say a huge thank you to all organisations and volunteers taking part this year and encourage everyone to join us at our fun and informative open day.
“This campaign is all about working together and building on the day-to-day work carried out by all our partners.”
Councillor Syeda Khatun, Sandwell Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for neighbourhoods and communities, said: “A wide range of organisations are working together and with the community. They will tackle local issues, clean up ‘grot spot’ areas and promote seasonal safety, crime prevention and health advice to people of all ages.”
Sandwell Police Superintendent Richard Youds, said: “This is a time of year when the nights draw in and we need to target our efforts and provide extra reassurance. We are all working to make a safer Sandwell for everyone, responding to the issues that matter most to Sandwell people.”
Fire, council, police, health and probation services and a number of voluntary and community organisations are all supporting the Safer 6 campaign.