Council Community Support Team (CCST)
Pictured: Louise Freeman (CCS Officer) and Gary Thurgoland (CCS Supervisor)
The Town Council has a Community Support Team who will assist the community of Poynton by:
- Carrying out reassuring, high visual patrols in the area.
- Provide an ‘eyes and ears’ service aimed at reducing the fear of crime for residents and improving their quality of life.
- Deal with environmental crime issues, such as littering, fly tipping and dog fouling.
- Reduce incidents of low level crime and anti-social behaviour, making referrals where necessary.
- Attend local schools and give educational advice to them on various topics.
- Support the community by encouraging diversionary activities for young people.
- Support older members of the community by signposting them to activities and community groups, preventing social isolation.
- Offer advice on crime prevention in the home.
- Work in partnership with other agencies to improve the area and community, making Poynton a safe place to live, work and visit.
- Act as professional witnesses.
What they aren't:
- Community Support Officers are not a replacement for the Police.
- They are not an emergency service. Crime should be reported to the Police immediately on 101, if in an emergency 999.
Council Community Support Team Reports
The CCST report to the Town Council's Community, Order and Public Safety (COPS) Committee. At each meeting the Council Community Support Supervisor, Gary Thurgoland, delivers a report. ]
The report for the COPS Meeting on 23rd June 2020 can be viewed here (380K PDF).
Previous Reports can be accessed below: Select month to view or download a PDF version.
How to get in touch with your CCST
The Community Support Team works Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am and 4pm.
If you would like to report an incident please ring 01625 872 238 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A selection of CCST Recent Activities
CCST - Parking Enforcement - 15th June 2020
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and restrictions on travel and shopping, the Council Community Support Team had less need to enforce parking restrictions in the town centre.
Now that retail outlets are beginning to re-open in Poynton it is anticipated that traffic will increase and the CCST will be on patrol enforcing parking restrictions. Please be mindful of where you are parking and use car parks that are available. Thank you.
Wash Your Hands of Coronavirus Scams
The Council Community Support Team visited all of Poynton’s Residential Homes yesterday and provided information regarding current Coronavirus Pandemic Scams to our most vulnerable residents, who are being targeted at this time. For more details select the image below.
Tip Hill Rubbish Removal - 3rd June 2020
Today, as part of their regular patrol route, the Council Community Support Team visited Tip Hill following reports of large parties taking place over the weekend with big groups of young people. The team removed large quantities of rubbish left behind from the weekend’s gatherings.
“We have liaised with the police and they are aware of the situation. We would again urge young people gathering in these areas to please remove their rubbish from this area and be mindful of the environment”.
CCST Visiting Vulnerable People/Scam Awareness - 26th May 2020
The Council Community Support Team will be out over the next few days liaising with our retirement complexes and visiting vulnerable people to make them aware of the latest Scams Awareness Update from Age UK Cheshire East & Cheshire East Council Trading Standards.
You can download the bulletin as a PDF at: https://bit.ly/2ZAVtue
It includes: banking scams, what to do if you fall victim of a scam, currents scams and reporting scams.
CCST Event - ‘Time For A Cuppa’ – a ‘Bake-tacular’Success.
The team would like to say a massive thank you to all the people and local businesses that donated prizes, cakes and money to this worthy cause. The event was an overwhelming success and raised an incredible £648.26 for Dementia UK, which will go towards the funding of more specialist Admiral nurses who help families and patients living with dementia.
The CCST would also like to thank the following for all their kind donations of cakes and raffle prizes: The Co-op, Men in Sheds, Farmers Arms, Headway, The Kabin, Aldi, Panache, Lozziwoo, Mates DIY, Henrietta, Hickory’s Smokehouse, Age UK, Waitrose, Bramhall Bakery, Cofano Café, Fig and Fennel, Time for Tea, Adlington Manor, Anthea and Judie Hatton, Morrisons and Clickety Click.
Lower down the page: James, Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore (Town Mayor), Lousie and Gary before they'd had a chance to sample the cakes!
Roses are Red, CCST are (mostly) Blue
Last Friday the Council Community Support Team attended Homelyme House’s Valentine’s Day Party. Louise met the area manager and along with the residents enjoyed entertainment from the ‘Singing Waiters’. Everyone had a great time and food was plentiful!!
Annmarie, Development Manager, was very grateful for the support and help that the team provided and said afterwards that the feedback was excellent.
Our Mayor Attends Our Surgery
Poynton Town Mayor, Cllr Sarah-Jane Gilmore, dropped in to the Council Community Support Team’s monthly surgery, held in the entrance to Waitrose, on 17th January 2020.
Cllr Gilmore explained that: “the surgeries provide an ideal opportunity to talk to the team about any community issues you may have or find out more about their role. While I was with them they dealt with a number of varied queries”.
The CCST thanked the mayor for her support. Whilst she was there the team spoke with a number of people from the local community who praised the team: “It’s great to have you in the town and we feel much safer with you present every day”
CCST Christmas Memories
The Council Community Support Team (CCST) team attended the Christmas parties at both Homelyme House (retirement housing) and Poynton Golden Memories. The team helped out at Homelyme, where Christmas dinner and raffles were both on the menu. Lots of fun ensued and the manager, Ann Marie commented: “The residents love to see the team and we all had a great time”.
At Golden Memories the team distributed security bells to the attendees who placed them on to purses and bags as an added security measure for when they do their important Christmas shopping. The team also joined in with the festive activities and had a great time.
Think, Stop, Watch and Listen
Recently the Council Community Support Team presented road safety talks to children at the Hollies Pre-School, the Mini V Pre-School and Worth Primary School.
The children, who were very excited to see the team, learned how to cross the road using the principles: Think, Stop, Watch and Listen.
Staff at both schools were grateful the CCST had visited: “The children have had a great time, thank you so much.”
Find out more about the Hollies on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PoyntonPS/ or http://www.theholliespreschool.co.uk/ , Mini V Pre-School at https://minivpreschoolpoynton.com/ and Worth Primary School at https://www.worthprimaryschool.com/
The photo below shows CCS Officers James and Louise with children outside the Hollies Pre-School new rotunda building.
Joining the Brownies!
The Council Community Support Team visited 1st Poynton Brownies at St. George’s Church on 14th November 2019 and spoke to the children about personal safety, which included learning the differences between good and bad strangers.
The team also provided the children with important information regarding water safety using the SAFE principle: ‘Stay Away From the Edge’.
The leaders told the CCST: “The Brownies learnt a lot from your talk and thoroughly enjoyed the games”.
As part of ‘National Anti-Bullying week’ the Council Community Support Team provided school talks on the subject. In 11th November 2019 the team visited Lostock Hall and St Paul’s Catholic Primary Schools where they talked to the children about the importance of how to identify and report bullying and if it does happen how to report it. The children listened intently and were a pleasure to speak to.
Find out more about Anti-Bullying week at: https://bit.ly/370R996
Photo: CCST talk at Lostock Hall Primary School.
Council Community Support Team Surgery
At November's surgery at Waitrose the CCST were able to assist many people with issues reported to them. These included advice to residents concerning neighbour disputes, complaints of dog fouling and parking issues, which will now be dealt with by the team.
The CCST said: “Many of our local residents were pleased to see the team out in the public arena yet again and very grateful that we could offer assistance with their issues. It was another great success for the team”.
Don't Get Spooked - CCST on ‘Halloween Patrol’ - 31st October 2019
The CCST were out on patrol on the streets of Poynton on Halloween and engaged with many of the children who they met during their Halloween and Bonfire safety talk visits. The atmosphere was one of fun for the most part.
The team were called to speak with a number of youths who had gathered in Barnaby Park letting off fireworks not far from residential properties. They were spoken to regarding their conduct and subsequently moved on.
CCST - 'Living Well' at St. George’s - 29th October 2019
Gary and Louise, two of our Community Support Team, paid a visit to the St George's Church 'Living Well' Group today. The group meet alternate Tuesday afternoons from 2.15pm – 4.15pm and enjoy a number of activities including: sing-a-long, gentle exercise, arts & crafts, quizzes, table top games and bingo.
Today (29/10/19) they were also entertained not only by the CCST, who enjoyed speaking to everyone, but also by two talented young people playing instruments. It was a great opportunity for the Council Community Support Team to continue to forge close links with community groups in Poynton. For more information about Living Well visit http://poyntonpc.net/living-well.html