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Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Over 5M Suspicious Emails Reported

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Over 5M Suspicious Emails Reported


Phishing remains the most successful attack vector for cyber criminals targeting individuals and businesses.
Cyber criminals love phishing. Unfortunately, this is not a harmless riverbank pursuit. When criminals go phishing, you are the fish and the bait is usually contained in a scam email or text message. The criminal’s goal is to convince you to click on the links within their scam email or text message, or to give away sensitive information (such as bank details). These messages may look like the real thing but are malicious. Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords.
As of 30 April 2021, over 5.8 million emails were reported to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS). The tool, which was launched by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the City of London Police last April, allows the public to forward suspicious emails to an automated system that scans it for malicious links. Since its launch, over 43,000 scams and 84,000 malicious websites have been removed.
What are the most common phishing scams?
The most commonly spoofed organisation reported in phishing emails was TV Licensing, with victims of these emails reporting losses totalling £5.3m. The majority of losses occurred as a result of victims following malicious links in the emails and inputting their personal information into what they thought was the legitimate TV Licensing website. Shortly after, they would receive a call from criminals impersonating bank staff who was able to convince them that their bank accounts were compromised and persuaded them to transfer all of their money to a new ‘safe’ account. Some of the other most commonly impersonated organisations included HMRC and DVLA. We also received more than 40,000 suspicious email reports relating to COVID-19.
How you can protect yourself from phishing messages.
Fake emails and text messages can sometimes be difficult to spot and criminals are constantly getting better at finding ways to make them seem more authentic. Email address spoofing, for example, is just one of the tactics criminals will use to try and make their fake emails look real. Here are some tips you should follow to protect yourself, and others, from scam emails and text messages:
1: Be cautious of messages asking for your personal information. Official organisations, such as your bank, should never ask you for personal or financial information via email or text message. If you receive a message and you want to check that it’s legitimate, you can call the organisation directly using a known number, such as the one on a bank statement or utility bill.
2: Report suspicious emails. If you receive an email you’re not quite sure about, you should report it to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) by forwarding the email to: report@phishing.gov.uk. Your reports will help government and law enforcement agencies to remove malicious emails and websites.
3: Report suspicious text messages. If you receive a suspicious text message, you can report it by forwarding the message to 7726. It’s free of charge and enables your mobile network provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.
4: Report fraud. If you’ve lost money or provided personal information as a result of a phishing scam, notify your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud.
For more information on how to protect yourself from fraud and cyber crime, please visit: actionfraud.police.uk/cybercrime
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Council warns of Covid increase ahead of government announcement


Cheshire East Council is warning residents and businesses to not let their guard down as Covid cases rise following the relaxing of step 3 restrictions last month.

The increase is mainly affecting those residents in the 10 to 39 age group and the council is continuing to support schools, hospitality venues and housing associations across the borough and particularly in the most affected areas.

Dr Matt Tyrer, director of public health at Cheshire East Council, said: “Unfortunately after the easing of lockdown restrictions on 17 May, and some residents dropping their guard, we are now seeing a worrying increase in positive Covid-19 cases right across the borough, typically of the Delta (Indian) variant of concern.

“We are not asking residents to change their behaviour, but to continue to adhere to the guidance of hands, space, face and fresh air and to get tested regularly, even if they have had one or both vaccinations.

“For parents or carers of children and young people still attending school after the half term break this is even more important. I am urging all parents to continue to do the right thing and if their child feels unwell or begins to display any symptoms of Covid-19, to keep them off school and to get tested as soon as possible.

Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council adults and health committee chair, said: “Faced with the prospect of restrictions ending in a few weeks, now is not the time for any of us to stop doing all of those things which have so far kept us safe throughout the pandemic.

“Wearing a mask indoors, washing our hands, keeping 2m apart and choosing to meet in outdoor spaces are steps each of us can easily take.

“If you are offered the vaccination, I would strongly urge you to accept it and do the right thing for yourself and for Cheshire East. It’s in our hands if we want to return to normal but for the next few weeks, we have to adhere to the guidance”.

The council has a range of testing options for residents including local testing sites in Crewe or Macclesfield whether you have symptoms or not, the deployment of mobile testing units, or residents can collect home-testing kits from the swab squad teams. More information on all of these options, can be found by visiting: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid-testing

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Home Security

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Good Afternoon
We hope you are well.
There has been a few burglary's in the Crewe area, so we are asking that our residents lock their doors even when they are in their properties.
Now that we are easing out of Lock down many residents are becoming more trusting leaving doors propped open or unlocked for family to come and go. This is fine if the door is in view but please be mindful of doing this when the access cannot be seen.
Any further Crime Prevention advice please don't hesitate to get in touch.
To report any concerns, please always call 101 0r 99 always in an emergency
Thank you for your time
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May 2021 - Firelink Enewsletter

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May 2021 - Firelink Enewsletter



Welcome to the May edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.


Two firefighters honoured with Queen's Commendation for Bravery

Two firefighters from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service have been honoured with a Queen’s Commendation for Bravery.
Nigel Quarmby and Colin Burgess were recognised with the commendation for their efforts in rescuing a woman from the River Mersey in 2018.
Read more - Two firefighters honoured with Queen's Commendation for Bravery

Weed burner warning following fire in Ellesmere Port

Firefighters are warning people of the dangers of using weed burners in their gardens following a fire in Ellesmere Port.
The recent fire was caused by a homeowner using an electric device to kill weeds at the edge of his garden.
The weed burner ignited a wooden fence separating his garden from a neighbour’s address.
The fire quickly spread to the neighbour’s wooden shed that was up against the fence.
The resulting blaze destroyed the fence and the shed.
It spread to the exteriors of the houses at both addresses, as well as to a brick-built shed in the neighbour’s garden, before being extinguished by firefighters with hose reel jets.
The blaze caused significant damage to both addresses and firefighters are urging people to be cautious when using such garden gadgets.
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May half term Scarecrow Festival celebrates lockdown heroes


This year’s Scarecrow Festival is dedicated to inspiring individuals and local heroes during the coronavirus pandemic. Head to Tatton Park’s Gardens or Farm this half term and see if you can find your hero.

Meet Marcus Rashford, teachers Ms Spendlow and Miss Williams and Aldi’s Hand Sanitiser – in scarecrow form!

Over 100 children from local primary schools have contributed their hero suggestions or drawings. Three winning designs are being made into scarecrows for the festival: Elodie Jeffries age 8 nominated Manchester United football player Marcus Rashford, for his work in supporting free school meals during lockdown. 7-year-old Josh Borradaile-Falp nominated two of his hero teachers and Elliot age 10 nominated Aldi’s hand sanitiser! Some schools have been busy choosing, designing and making their own scarecrows, so look out for those too on your visit.

Scarecrow outfits donated by hero’s employers

When you see the dozens of scarecrows dotted throughout Tatton Park’s Gardens and Farm, you’ll notice that they’re all very well dressed! This is due to kind uniform donations from companies and local employers – look out for Royal Mail posties, Virgin train workers, DPD delivery and Arriva bus drivers to name a few, Manchester United FC has even donated a football kit and our wonderful volunteers have provided NHS workers outfits !

Family fun this half term

The Scarecrow Festival runs throughout half term from Saturday 29th May to Sunday 6th June. See if you can you spot all your favourite heroes in amongst the beauty of the Gardens and animal fun down at the Farm. Parkland Entry and tickets for the Gardens and Farm can be booked online at www.tattonpark.org.uk. Please note that social distancing measures are still in place and tickets are limited, so book ahead to avoid disappointment!

Other than festivals, is there still a need for scarecrows?

Scarecrows have a long history, dating back thousands of years. Simon Tetlow, Tatton Park’s Head Gardener says “Scarecrows are still a valuable addition to any vegetable garden. Yes, they’re traditional and low tech, but they really help in deterring crows, pigeons, and even squirrels. These pesky garden invaders can do a lot of damage to young plants especially at this time of year.”

Scarecrow Festivals remain popular events up and down the country, but the name ‘scarecrow’ varies from place to place. On the Isle of Skye, they’re known as Tattie Bogals, in Berkshire it would be Hodmedod, Mommet in Somerset, Mawkin in Sussex, and in Scotland it’s a Bodach-rocal or ‘old man of the rocks’.

Testing can help stomp out Covid in Cheshire East


A recent outbreak of Covid-19 in an area of Cheshire East has highlighted the important part local residents can play in helping to stomp out the virus through regular symptom-free testing.

Regular lateral flow testing was successful in identifying a cluster of cases in Handforth where targeted testing revealed over 40 cases in just 10 days. This shows how quickly Covid can still spread and how important regular testing is to keep on top of outbreaks.

The initial positive case had only minor Covid-19 symptoms, however the virus very quickly spread to a number of others. Effective test reporting and contact tracing enabled the council to quickly contain and manage the outbreak before it spread further.

Additional testing has been provided in Handforth alongside a range of other testing options for residents.

Dr Matt Tyrer, Director of Public Health for Cheshire East Council said: “Covid-19 case numbers are now generally lower and therefore more manageable. We have a robust plan for dealing with outbreaks, which involves increased testing in areas of concern or where outbreaks have occurred.

“We know that in certain areas in England surge testing has started and this is in response to significant outbreaks of new variants, most recently connected to the Indian Variant. In Cheshire East we will do all we can to prevent the need to do mass surge testing and to lower the risk of having significant outbreaks. We are therefore closely monitoring the picture with our northern neighbours, who have double the case rate compared to Cheshire East.

Cheshire East Council leader, Councillor Sam Corcoran said “The Cheshire East Swab Squad visited several busy areas in Handforth handing out home testing kits. In just a few days, the team gave out over 900 lateral flow kits in the area. I would like to personally thank all of those people who took kits and chose to act responsibly and support our attempts to stamp out Covid in Cheshire East.

“We have already seen that despite that initial fast rise in Handforth we have brought that relatively minor spike under control with additional testing provision, which is great to see, and shows that keeping each other safe really is “in our hands.”

Cheshire East Council deputy leader, Councillor Craig Browne said “Around one in three people with Covid-19 have no symptoms so residents really do have a crucial role to play by simply testing regularly. People sometimes refer to testing as trying to find the needle in the haystack but that is exactly what the test & trace team at Cheshire East Council are trying to do because one case can very quickly escalate into a large outbreak.”

The council has a range of testing options for residents: via visiting a testing centre or to collect home-testing kits for asymptomatic tests, and several testing sites available for tests for those with symptoms. These can be found by visiting www.Cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid-testing

Regular testing is still important for those people who have had their first, or even second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as despite having higher immunity against the virus, you can still catch it and pass it to others.

Cheshire East Council has created a self-isolation support guide and can offer a range of support for anyone who is required to self-isolate following a positive test.. Details can be found at https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/coronavirus/self-isolation-support.aspx

For more advice and information follow the council’s social media pages, visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/cheshireeastcouncil and Twitter at: @CheshireEast

Monday, 24 May 2021

Lock Your Doors Where It is Not In View

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Lock Your Doors Where It is Not In View


Good afternoon,
We hope that you are well.
There has been a few burglary's in the Crewe area, so we are asking that our residents lock their doors even when they are in their properties.
Now that we are easing out of our lockdown, many residents are becoming more trusting, leaving doors propped open or unlocked for family to come and go. This is fine if the door is in view, but please be mindful of doing this when the access cannot be seen.
To report any concerns, please always call 101 or 999 always in an emergency.
Thank you for your time.
Kind regards,
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E-Scooters and Other Powered Transport

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E-Scooters and Other Powered Transport


Good afternoon,
We have seen an increase in the use of E-Scooters and other powered transport such as Segway's and Hoverboards.
It is illegal on a public road, in spaces that are set aside for the use by pedestrians and cyclists, including pavements and cycle lanes.
This can lead to a fine, penalty points and the e-scooter being seized.
We have had questions asked about people renting E-Scooters over areas such as Chester, this is because the Council have a local agreement where this has been legislated for.
We will be enforcing for those seen using any of the above in an anti-social manner.
We understand that there is a confusion as they are being sold in stores, but they are only to be used on private land.
Thank you for your time.
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Monday, 17 May 2021

Suspicious Circumstances - Farms

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Suspicious Circumstances - Farms


Good morning,
I am emailing to make you aware that there has been suspicious circumstances on farms in and around the Crewe area.
We're asking all farmers to secure away property when not in use and to remain vigilant, please also ensure that farming vehicles are locked when not in use if possible.
Please call 101 to report anything suspicious and always call 999 in emergencies.
We will be increasing our patrols in the rural locations over our time on duty and will be engaging with local farmers and to ensure that the message is passed around.
Please share the message to ensure that everybody knows to ensure that their property is safe.
Thank you for your time.
We care.
Kind regards,
PCSO Lizzie Jolley 22582
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Council launches new recruitment campaign during Foster Care Fortnight

Council launches new recruitment campaign during Foster Care Fortnight

Cheshire East Council has today (Monday), launched a brand-new recruitment campaign to swell the ranks of foster carers to find loving homes for cared for children and young people.

With more than 520 children and young people in the care of the local authority, the council is once again reaching out to residents asking if they are able to become Cheshire East Council foster carers.

Foster Care Fortnight is organised by the charity The Fostering Network and is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the transformational power of fostering and to celebrate the wider fostering community.

Foster Care Fortnight 2021 will be taking place this year from 10-23 May and the theme for the fortnight will be #WhyWeCare. This theme was decided upon through consulting with foster carers and care experienced children and young people.

With the support of foster carers and the director of children’s social care, the council has produced a series of short videos promoting why we care and both the challenges and rewards of fostering, and help inspire and attract new foster carers into the service.

The videos will be available to view on the council’s dedicated website and also on social media.

Councillor Kathryn Flavell, retiring cabinet member and Cheshire East Council children and families committee chair, said: “The need to find loving homes for children is still very great and there is no better time to be asking for the support of new foster carers than during Foster Care Fortnight.

“Regardless of your marital status, sexuality, in employment or not, home owner or renting, we’re urging adults from all walks of life to consider making a difference by caring for children and young people from Cheshire East in their own homes and welcoming them to be part of your family.

“And whether you have experience of caring for children or young people or not, you can do this and we will support you every step of the way.

“So, if you have been thinking about fostering for a while or are just curious as to what the roles entail, please do speak with us and to explore if fostering is for you and your family. Our staff are waiting to hear from you and will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have”.

If you would like to know more about becoming a foster carer in Cheshire East then please visit the dedicated website at www.togetherforfostering.co.uk or alternatively telephone 0300 123 3223.

Cheshire East Council outlines the move to step 3 on the roadmap of easing lockdown restrictions

Cheshire East Council outlines the move to step 3 on the roadmap of easing lockdown restrictions

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister confirmed that restrictions will continue to be eased in England from Monday 17 May.

Cheshire East Council thanks everyone for their efforts in adhering to the restrictions so far which, combined with the roll out of the vaccine programme, means that collectively, we have met the four tests for further easing the lockdown in England.

The council is working on implications for its services from Monday and is ensuring that people can still feel safe, despite the easing of restrictions and greater freedoms that many will welcome.

Dr Matt Tyrer, Director of Public Health for Cheshire East Council said: “As we progress through step 3 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, we must not forget how hard we’ve all worked, and the many sacrifices we’ve all made to get to this stage.”

As part of step 3 from Monday 17 May:

· You can socialise indoors in a group of up to six people or two households, including overnight stays;

· You can meet with up to 30 people outside;

· Indoor hospitality venues, such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes will reopen – though you will need to remain seated while eating and drinking;

· Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas will be permitted to open with Covid-secure measures in place;

· You can attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events will be capped according to venue type, and you should follow the Covid-secure measures set out by those venues;

· Organised indoor sport will be able to take place for all (this includes gym classes) and;

· All holiday accommodation in England will be open – such as hotels and B&Bs. These can be used by groups of up to six people or two households.

There are also changes for secondary school and higher education. Secondary school pupils will no longer have to wear face coverings in classrooms or communal areas and higher education students can access in-person teaching.

Care home residents will be allowed up to five named visitors (two at any one time) meaning that they will be able to see more of their relatives and friends. This is subject to visitors testing negative for Covid-19.

There are changes to the number of people allowed to attend a funeral. It will be determined by how many people the Covid-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing, with limits at other life events, such as weddings and wakes, increasing to 30 people.

There will no longer be a legal restriction to international travel. However, you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.

Dr Matt Tyrer, went on to say: “I’d like to thank residents for their hard work in driving infection rates in Cheshire East down and thank all our volunteers who have worked tirelessly in supporting residents, through their work with the council and local NHS services.

“In Cheshire East there have been just 14 new cases per 100,000 recorded across in the latest seven days. This means that locally we are in a strong position to enter step 3 of the roadmap, however despite this we all must remain vigilant and work hard to not let this virus regain a stronghold in our borough.”

Cheshire East Council leader, Councillor Sam Corcoran said “We have a fully rounded locally-delivered service available to allow us to continue to fight this deadly virus, but we can’t do this alone – we need your continued help:

  • Get tested regularly to identify any new cases;
  • Work with our local contact tracing team if you test positive and;
  • Self -isolate if needed - If you need help to stick to the rules of self-isolation, our local team will be there to support you.

“You can keep yourself, loved ones and other members of the public safe by wearing a face covering where necessary, making sure you sanitise their hands and maintaining social distancing.  And there is less risk of spreading or catching the virus outside, in the open air.

“By working together, we stand the greatest chance of being able to keep Covid at bay – together we can do this, it’s in our hands.” 

Cheshire East Council deputy leader, Councillor Craig Browne said “The latest easing of restrictions is great news for local businesses and recreation venues. They have been working extremely hard to prepare for their reopening, in line with the government’s Covid secure measures to keep residents as safe as possible.

“But residents also have a hugely important role to play. They can relieve some of the pressure facing local businesses, by being responsible and adhering to the measures the business has in place. These simple actions will reduce the risk of infection and possible enforcement action.”

Around one in three people who have Covid-19 do not have any symptoms so it’s important that residents get tested regularly to identify new cases. The council has a range of testing options for residents: via visiting a testing centre or to collect home-testing kits for asymptomatic tests, and several testing sites available for tests for those with symptoms. These can be found by visiting www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/covid-testing

Regular testing is still important for those people who have had their first, or even second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as despite having higher immunity against the virus, you can still catch it and carry it to others.

For more advice and information follow the council’s social media pages, visit their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/cheshireeastcouncil and Twitter at: @CheshireEast

Barthomley Suspicous Circumstances

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Good morning,
There has been several reports of suspicious activity in Barthomley by the brook at Deans Lane.
We are asking our community to stay vigilant when in this area and to report any further suspicious activity to 101 or 999 always in emergency.
We have been working with local members of our community to gather information and intelligence and will be giving this area frequent passing attention.
Thank you for your time.
Kind regards,
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Recruitment Cheshire Constabulary

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Good morning,
We've met many people on our area looking for work following the current pandemic!
We would therefore like to make you aware of our current recruitment which can be found using the link below! There's so many different roles for the different experience and personalities around our communities.
https://mfss.taleo.net/careersection/mfss-external+cheshire+constabulary/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en
(Having difficulties with the link provided - please visit our Cheshire Police Website - Scroll to the bottom of the page - Press on Careers on the bottom left - This will then take you to a new page with a current vacancies tab - press this and it will take you to a list of jobs.)
Thank you for your time and have a great day!
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Rogue Traders In The Local Area

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Rogue Traders In The Local Area


Good afternoon,
I hope you are well.
I am sending this alert today to make you aware of a recent incident that has happened in the area of Hungerford Road, Crewe.
There was an incident where two males have arrived at an address and offered the services to an elderly male to jet wash his roof and drive way. The elderly male has agreed and when the work has been done he has been charged over £1000 and given no receipt. The work that has been provided is of extremely poor quality and has been deemed as a rogue trading scam.
The males had a plain white van and were not operating under any company name. We thought this information would be useful to make you aware that this sort of activity is happening in the local area so please be vigilant.
I would like to offer a few suggestions to try and prevent this sort of scam happening.
If you are ever in a situation where you have anybody turning up at your address offering services for a discounted rate please don't act on impulse, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
If you are interested in the work they are offering, gather other quotes from other contractors to compare the price.
If you feel intimidated by the person offering the work call the police to report this activity.
Don't be afraid to call a family member, friend, neighbour or the police if you are unsure about the services being offered.
This sort of scam can happen within a few hours. Please remain as vigilant as possible.
I hope you find this email useful.
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Protect Your Pooch - A New Dog Theft Campaign Launched By Neighbourhood Watch

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Protect Your Pooch - A New Dog Theft Campaign Launched By Neighbourhood Watch


Dear Jan Wright
In response to the increased fear of pet theft, Neighbourhood Watch has launched our PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign.
The campaign will run on social media from 17th – 30th May but those who do not use social media can support the campaign by displaying this poster in their community, or attending our online Dog Theft webinar on the 27th May at 5pm.  The webinar will be led by Neighbourhood Watch Network with speakers from the Met Police and Crimestoppers, as well as special guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. To book your place, click here.
The PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign encourages people to keep their pets SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE, and to HELP MAKE PET THEFT A SPECIFIC CRIMINAL OFFENCE.  The Met Police and Crimestoppers are backing our SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE message.  More information on the campaign can be found on www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch.
You can support the campaign by acting on our advice and sharing our messages in the following ways:

  1. Follow us on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn and share our campaign posts
  2. Print this poster and display it in your community
  3. Share this campaign image on your local Whatsapp groups
  4. Help make pet theft a specific criminal offence by signing a petition or writing to your MP. Find out more on www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch
  5. Attend our online Dog Theft webinar on 27th May, 5pm. Book your place here.

About guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex
Katy Bourne is in her third term as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Sussex. She was first elected in 2012, re-elected in 2016 and again in 2021.  The PCC’s role is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the performance of the Force; effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
Katy is responsible for setting the strategic direction and priorities for Sussex Police through the Police & Crime Plan. This includes setting the police budget and local police precept – the amount residents pay for policing in their council tax. She also has a statutory duty to deliver community safety initiatives including Restorative Justice and crime reduction grants, along with commissioning support services for victims of crime.
Her genuine passion and commitment to making a difference has won her praise from successive Home Secretaries and Prime Ministers and in June 2019 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

For anybody who wishes to have a PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign pack, please email Deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk.
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Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Council launches new recruitment campaign during Foster Care Fortnight


Cheshire East Council has today (Monday), launched a brand-new recruitment campaign to swell the ranks of foster carers to find loving homes for cared for children and young people.

With more than 520 children and young people in the care of the local authority, the council is once again reaching out to residents asking if they are able to become Cheshire East Council foster carers.

Foster Care Fortnight is organised by the charity The Fostering Network and is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the transformational power of fostering and to celebrate the wider fostering community.

Foster Care Fortnight 2021 will be taking place this year from 10-23 May and the theme for the fortnight will be #WhyWeCare. This theme was decided upon through consulting with foster carers and care experienced children and young people.

With the support of foster carers and the director of children’s social care, the council has produced a series of short videos promoting why we care and both the challenges and rewards of fostering, and help inspire and attract new foster carers into the service.

The videos will be available to view on the council’s dedicated website and also on social media.

Councillor Kathryn Flavell, retiring cabinet member and Cheshire East Council children and families committee chair, said: “The need to find loving homes for children is still very great and there is no better time to be asking for the support of new foster carers than during Foster Care Fortnight.

“Regardless of your marital status, sexuality, in employment or not, home owner or renting, we’re urging adults from all walks of life to consider making a difference by caring for children and young people from Cheshire East in their own homes and welcoming them to be part of your family.

“And whether you have experience of caring for children or young people or not, you can do this and we will support you every step of the way.

“So, if you have been thinking about fostering for a while or are just curious as to what the roles entail, please do speak with us and to explore if fostering is for you and your family. Our staff are waiting to hear from you and will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have”.

If you would like to know more about becoming a foster carer in Cheshire East then please visit the dedicated website at www.togetherforfostering.co.uk or alternatively telephone 0300 123 3223.