Initiative being expanded following successful pilot

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

A successful initiative to support victims of anti-social behaviour is being rolled out after a successful start in North Tyneside.

Last year, North Tyneside Council and Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Vera Baird joined forces to launch a support group for victims and recruited a network of 16 fully-trained volunteers to offer advice and guidance to those affected by ASB in the area.

The scheme, welcomed by local residents, has helped improve satisfaction levels in the local tenant survey, which found that 100 per cent of victims felt they had been supported throughout the duration of their case.

Following the success, the Commissioner has funded an ASB Volunteer Network throughout Northumbria. As a result, similar ASB volunteering groups will soon be operating in all local authority areas, with Newcastle and South Tyneside already taking referrals.

Ms Baird, said: “Protecting people from harm and helping victims are top priorities for me.

“The team of volunteers in North Tyneside continue to do a fantastic job and it’s great to see the hugely positive impact they are having in supporting victims in their area.

“This year I am working with all six local authorities to establish similar projects across Northumbria, to strengthen and complement the overall support available for victims of ASB.

“£105,000 has been made available to assist councils in developing volunteer groups locally and I’m delighted to see that everyone has grabbed the opportunity and their local schemes are in progress.

“Anti-social behaviour can affect anyone at any time and I am very thankful to all the volunteers and everyone involved in helping me tackle this issue head on and making a difference to the lives of victims. I wish each project great success.”