Council Community Support Team (CCST)
Pictured: Louise Freeman (CCS Officer), Gary Thurgoland (CCS Supervisor) and James Hails (CCS Officer)
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.
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: email@example.com
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. In coming months his reports will be available to read on this page.
Recent Reports: Select month to view or download a PDF version.
CCST Recent Activities
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