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Do you want to help make a difference in your community, and help steer young people away from violence and criminality? Pop along to Hampshire Constabulary’s World Café event in Ryde on Thursday 12th March, where you can have your say on what positive steps we can take to help tackle serious violence.

Officers, in partnership with Mutual Gain, are working with businesses, schools and other agencies in Ryde to bring communities together and build a positive future for young people.

Hampshire Constabulary secured funding from the Home Office Serious Violence Fund. The aims for this funding are to reduce serious violence in public spaces and to reduce the fear of crime – with a specific focus upon reducing violent crimes committed against young people. The expectation is to reduce crime and the fear of crime by adopting more of a community-led and problem-solving approach.

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Police are looking for residents and young people to join in a community conversation to discuss building young people’s resilience, steering them away from crime and violence, and what you think would make you feel safer living and working in Ryde.

Communities in Hampshire have knowledge, insight, expertise and ideas about crime that Police want to hear. The aim of this World Cafe is to listen to residents and then work together to build the resilience and social capital needed in this community to help reduce crime.

World Cafés believe that conversations matter and talking together and acting as a community is what will create the difference to reduce crime. Join in a conversation with your neighbours, enjoy the refreshments and make a difference for your community.

After the World Café the police and other agencies will be looking to support the building of new community schemes based upon what has been said.

The event will be held between 18:00 and 20:00 at Ryde Castle, Ryde and refreshments will be provided.

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The first 100 people who sign up and attend will receive £10 cash for their participation as well as entry into a raffle.

If you are interested in attending the event, email your name and postcode to [email protected].

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