Safety

Talk about abuse

If you are affected by domestic abuse, or you think a friend or family member may be, there are specialists who can help you.

Ashford Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop offers free advice, information and support from a range of agencies under one roof to help victims of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse can affect anyone and therefore, if you are a man or a woman and would like to discuss your issues, you are welcome to attend. No appointment is required just turn up.
The Willow Centre, Brookfield Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 4EY
Telephone: 07598 74504
Opening times: Every Tuesday morning 9.30am – 12.30pm

Domestic Abuse Support in Kent website, a new resource covering Kent and Medway providing advice and information on services for victims, friends & family, and perpetrators of Domestic Abuse. http://www.domesticabuseservices.org.uk/

Citizens Advice online advice on domestic abuse, where you’ll find lots of organisations that can help.

If you think a friend or family member may be experiencing domestic abuse, see Citizens Advice’ guidance on how you can talk to them about it and direct them to places where they can get further help.

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KFRS Safety and Wellbeing Plan 2016/18

Kent Fire and Rescue LogoHelp Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s plan for the future

This is your chance to have your say about Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s (KFRS) plans to develop and improve their services, while still making essential savings by filling in our online Safety and Wellbeing Plan survey.

The consultation is open until 16 January 2016, and the outcomes will be presented to Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority at its meeting on 12 February 2016. You can read the Safety and Wellbeing Plan 2016/18 and all the supporting documentation using the links on KFRS web page. (more…)

Healthier, happier people

One in four adults in England are obese and a further 37% are overweight.

Healthier

Regular walking, jogging and cycling can help guard against asthma, depression, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and some cancer.

People who take the bus or train to work instead of driving have a lower BMI and a healthier bodyweight.

Driving less means improved health, wellbeing, and less stress.

#DriveLessLiveMore

Safer roads

Driving less can reduce traffic danger in our area.

Every day 5 people die on UK roads, and over 60 are seriously injured – every one causes needless devastation, trauma and suffering1. The vast majority of casualties are down to driver error.

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‘Drive less, live more’ campaign launched by Brake

  • Road Safety Week footprint75% of drivers surveyed think people in the UK use their cars too much
  • Air pollution is estimated to kill 52,500 people in the UK each year
  • 43% of adults in England don’t meet the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week. Cycling or a brisk walk to work can meet these recommendations.
  • Five deaths and 64 serious injuries happen daily on UK roads, up 4% on the previous year

A national campaign launched today (23 November) by the charity Brake at the start of Road Safety Week calls on drivers to drive less, live more. The campaign aims to make roads safer, especially for people on foot and bike; save money; make communities more pleasant; protect the environment; and improve public health.

As part of the campaign, Brake and partners AIG and Specsavers today reveal statistics confirming the devastating effects on health and wellbeing of driving, including the extent of air pollution, the shocking number of deaths it causes, and levels of ‘inactivity’ across different parts of the UK.

A map of the UK showing statistics for each local authority is now live at roadsafetyweek.org.uk/drivelessmap for your analysis. (more…)

Drive Less, Live More

Road Safety Week footprintSouth Ashford Community Forum (SACF) is taking part in this year’s Road Safety Week (23-29 November), as part of a national campaign coordinated by Brake, the road safety charity, encouraging people to drive less, live more and make our streets safer, more pleasant places.

SACF is joining thousands of other organisations, schools and community groups across the UK promoting life-saving messages as part of Road Safety Week, the UK’s biggest road safety event.

The Road Safety Week 2015 theme, drive less, live more, is about making our streets safer, more pleasant places by encouraging people to drive less, as little as possible, or not at all if they can. The campaign asks everyone to consider how they use roads, and see if they can reduce car journeys by walking, cycling or using public transport instead.

In 2014, five people were killed and over 60 were seriously injured every day on UK roads. Two-thirds (63%) of trips are made by car, including four in 10 (40%) trips of less than two miles. Road Safety Week is an opportunity for everyone to spread vital road safety messages, including the ‘drive less, live more’ campaign, to help reduce that toll to zero and ensure everyone can get around without fear or threat. (more…)