Safe Communities Ashburton District is a collaboration of 27 agencies involved in a wide range of community safety areas. The collaboration aims to reduce injury and crime and enhance safety over time. By combining agency skills and resources we can have a bigger impact on identifying and responding to community safety concerns.
Our vision is: Ashburton District, our place, a safe place to live, work and play, free from preventable injury and harm.
About Safe Communities Ashburton District
Safer Ashburton District took the lead on working towards Safe Communities accreditation for the District, which was awarded by the Safe Communities Foundation of New Zealand on 29 May, 2019.
26 territorial authorities in New Zealand have obtained Safe Communities accreditation. Accreditation also enables our District to become a member of the Pan Pacific Safe Communities Network of 60 Safe Communities in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States of America. This is an active network which shares information and best practice.
Safe Communities which have operated for some time have reported an increase in interventions and activities, improved ability to draw down external funding for emerging community safety issues, and ultimately improved safety within their communities.
Perceptions of community safety, real or imagined, impact on how people feel and interact in their communities. Achieving community safety isn’t just about reducing and preventing injury and crime, it’s about building strong, cohesive, vibrant and participating communities.
“A safe community is one where people can go about their daily activities in an environment without fear, risk of harm or injury. And where all sectors of society work together in a co-ordinated and collaborative way to promote safety. This process helps local people to know what is available and also to put in place joint activities and projects to address emerging local concerns.” (Safe Communities Foundation of NZ)
A steering group made up of representatives from a wide variety of community agencies has committed to providing leadership, advice and support for the Safe Communities programme. The agencies are involved with crime prevention; injury prevention; alcohol and drug related harm; road safety; rural safety; education; and community wellbeing. Partner agencies are:
- Age Concern Ashburton
- ARA Polytech
- Ashburton College
- Ashburton Community Alcohol and Drug Service
- Ashburton District Council
- Ashburton District Neighbourhood Support Inc.
- Ashburton Ministers’ Association
- Ashburton Town Watch Society Inc.
- CCS Disability Action
- Department of Corrections
- Experience Mid Canterbury
- Fire and Emergency NZ
- Hakatere Marae
- Mid Canterbury Principals’ Association
- Mid Canterbury Provincial Rural Women New Zealand
- New Zealand Police
- Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children
- Presbyterian Support Ashburton
- Rakaia Community Association
- Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation (now Waitaha Health)
- Rural Support Trust Mid Canterbury
- Safer Ashburton District
- Sport Canterbury
- St John
- Work and Income/Ministry of Social Development
- YMCA Mid Canterbury
The Steering Group has identified falls in older people, road crashes, theft/burglary, family harm and suicide as key community safety concerns for Ashburton District. The Safe Communities Ashburton District Strategic Plan, 2019-2024 (attached) outlines programmes and initiatives to address these key safety concerns.
Thank you to Ashburton District Council and ACC for their support of the Safe Communities Ashburton District project.
To find out more about Safe Communities Ashburton District contact:
Lesley Symington, Safe Communities Co-ordinator.
email: email@example.com; phone: 03 308 1395 ext 236 or 027 586 6556
Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand www.safecommunities.org.nz