Community safety bulletin launched

Launching the community safety bulletin at Shantallow Residents Association are, seated, Declan McLaughlin, TRIAX neighbourhood team, and Stella McCauley, YES Project. Standing, from left, are Catherine McCann, SRA, Martin Connolly, CRJ, Martin Gallagher, BHCP, Mark Doherty, CRJ, and Sean Collins, CRJ. (2810PG22)
Launching the community safety bulletin at Shantallow Residents Association are, seated, Declan McLaughlin, TRIAX neighbourhood team, and Stella McCauley, YES Project. Standing, from left, are Catherine McCann, SRA, Martin Connolly, CRJ, Martin Gallagher, BHCP, Mark Doherty, CRJ, and Sean Collins, CRJ. (2810PG22)

Thousands of copies of a new community safety bulletin will be delivered across the city over the next week.

The bulletin, which has been produced by a number of different community groups working together, offered advice and help to residents of all ages, as well as a list of useful contact numbers.

The project was co-ordinated by the Shantallow Community Residents Association (SCRA) and Community Restorative Justice (CRJ), with assistance from other community organisations from a number of areas of the city, including the YES Project and the Triax neighbourhood management team.

It includes safety messages about the dangers of fireworks and quad bikes, as well as appealing to young people to respect their older neighbours, and provides advice on how to deal with winter weather.

Cathal McCauley from SCRA said the warning on fireworks is particularly timely. “The main difficulty we have is that there are people selling them illegally. We have gone around the schools, together with CRJ, advising young people not to use fireworks. The recent TV campaign is welcome to reinforce that point,” he said.

Seán Collins from CRJ said the bulletin also provides information on the community response to winter weather. “Following up from last year’s community response to the winter weather, we have provided information on how local residents can assist this year’s response,” he said.