Get to know our partners. Stronger North Stonehouse Project is the result of close partnership working between local residents, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the neighbourhood policing team in Plymouth, Plymouth City Council and the Plymouth Community Safety Partnership, Safer Plymouth.
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth City Council is leading on the implementation of Stronger North Stonehouse CCTV and lighting project. Council officials have worked closely with the police to identify areas that will benefit most from better lighting and increased CCTV coverage. By looking at the evidence it has been decided to erect six new CCTV cameras in those. Because the new cameras will feature the latest digital technology an upgrade to the existing fibre optic network in the area is required. Where this isn’t practicable or is cost prohibitive a point to point WiFi is being used. The council is also providing project management support. Cllr Sally Haydon (Lab) is the council’s lead on community safety and says Stronger North Stonehouse is a fantastic example of different organisations working together.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez and her team was successful in its bid for funding from the Government’s Safer Streets Fund. Now her office has thrown its weight behind supporting Stronger North Stonehouse providing strategic, communications, engagement and accountancy support. Commissioner Hernandez has promised to be by community’s side to ensure North Stonehouse is not neglected and the project is a success.
Registered in September 2020 as a charitable community benefit society Cliik Community has the bold ambition to make North Stonehouse a place to enjoy a good quality of life, have improved life chances, and health and financial stability. The founders are Arnet Donkin, Gin Farrow-Jones, Mathew Pontin, Dean Bowles, Jen, and Tom Pointon, all local, who want North Stonehouse to be an area where families feel safe to bring up their children with easy access to good schools, childcare, and play facilities. The group has spent several years talking to the community and after many conversations decided to form a resident-led cooperative which works in four key areas: creating safe spaces for people to meet; providing sustainable and affordable housing for families and young couples; providing services for a healthy and safe lifestyle, and creating opportunities for people to gain financial independence. Cliik say this is only the beginning, with conversations taking place with Plymouth City Council about developments in the parks, engaging with local businesses and other organisations about how to bring change through collective activity, North Stonehouse could, at last, have the opportunity to see some lasting change.
Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police is fully committed to Stronger North Stonehouse and has worked closely with Plymouth City Council to identify the best locations where infrastructure and security enhancements can improve the lives of residents. The force will also manage the residential security improvements and free crime prevention training.
Nudge Community Builders
Nudge Community Builders was set up in 2017 by local people living in Stonehouse, Plymouth. Its mission is to nudge lasting change in surprising and enterprising ways to build a strong local community and economy by: Nudging local buildings and spaces to be used and loved; Nudging local people and businesses to be brave, creative, resilient and healthy, supporting themselves and their local community; Nudging local and national change for communities by using our voice and leading by example. Nudge joined the partnership to support the community sparks fund.
Devon and Cornwall Community Watch Association (DaCCWA)
Devon and Cornwall Community Watch Association (DaCCWA) is the recognised umbrella organisation for Community Watch Schemes across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Launched in 1998, its core aim is to bring people together to create strong, friendly, active and resilient communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen. With more than 68,000 households being active members of its Neighbourhood Watch Schemes, DaCCWA also orchestrates a growing collection of other Watch Schemes which address more specific communities and areas including Boat Watch, Horse Watch, Hotel Watch, Farm Watch, Caravan Watch and Heritage Watch. It provides the expertise, structure and partnerships necessary to enable these Watch Schemes to be launched and maintained, supplying the knowledge, resources and support that people can collaboratively use to help cut crime and reduce the fear of crime. DaCCWA is at the heart of helping to North Stonehouse to start and develop community watches throughout the area.