Y.K.O.P.S. (Youth keeping Older People Safe)
Helping to keep Older People safe!
Y.K.O.P.S. is an intergenerational project that engages young people to help. The project is innovative in its approach and has been piloted in 3 Schools, In the pilot delivery the Older People's Commissioner said after visiting it this is a project for Wales
February 2019 - December 2019
Charity information: OWL Cymru (Building Community Resilience)
The project aims to reduce the number of victims who are targeted by cold callers & to improve the safety & wellbeing of older & vulnerable people. Helping prevent them from becoming a victim of doorstep crime, bogus callers, traders & distraction burglary, & scams
Bogus callers come in all shapes & sizes, Men, Women, even Children. They pretend to be officials, charity workers, tradesmen, property repairers & the like. The effects that this has can have serious consequences
In trying to reduce the problem we know that this can be achieved by helping people to understand what they can do ie such as how to deal with cold callers & who to report to.
The training & resources (ACE Detective resource pack) provided to Young People (YP) gives them the tools & information to be able to help older/vulnerable people, through the information & target hardening items that they are given by the YP to the residents, via workshop delivery to Older People's groups.
To engage young people to raise awareness on the needs of older/vulnerable people to help
Activities» Present to peer groups in communities, schools and youth groups and or school settings
» Implement training and awareness workshops to understand the principles of prevention of crime and how to support older/vulnerable people
What success will look like
The will be demonstrated through audit, evaluation & feedback forms. Use of media such as pictures/video to capture success of improving safety & wellbeing of people
Using our mapping system & partnership relationship identify locations & people of need
Activities» Present the project delivery to group settings in identified areas of need specifically targeting the hard to reach and those who are less engaged.
What success will look like
OWL Mapping system will identify the areas & locations of the residents to be supported. Creating a report of the outcomes of the projects delivery
Delivery of prearranged home safety check, fitting of equipment in the homes of older/vulnerable
Activities» Deliver doorstep crime awareness clinics to specific vulnerable groups. Provide them with resources & support to keep them safe in & around the home
» Deliver training & resource packs to young people to encourage them to support the safety & wellbeing of older people & those who are more vulnerable
What success will look like
Quantitative & qualitative evaluation and feedback from the delivery will be collected & recorded via audit & end of project report
Improved safety of older/vulnerable people. Reduction in cold callers and increased health & wellbeing of residents involved so they can continue to live safely at home.
Increased skills and abilities with young people to help them in their future careers.
Increased trust and confidence between generations
Helping all generations to live together, respecting each other and building on our ethos of good neighbouring.
Risk would be lack of funding to provide the management delivery & coordination of the project from beginning to end & the funding for the tools for the young people including their crime prevention training packs and the equipment and safety packs for the older/vulnerable people
We will report via a number of methods using social media, involving press to increase publicity of the project's delivery. Involvement of key people to highlight the projects delivery. provision of an end of project evaluation report & presentation if required.
Budget - Project Cost: £14,509Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £3,975 Older People's resource packs Provision of crime prevention information & equipment packs per household £1,270 External signage street signage to include planning application, provision & fitting £1,000 Workwear Tee shirts, fleeces, badges etc £1,075 Training Workshops 15 workshops for young people £1,254 Safety events 36 safety & security events £1,950 Ace Detective Kits 2 types of kit bags for students/crime prevention cadets £3,985 Doorstep crime prevention kits for older/vulnerable people and their homes
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount OWL Watch £2,500 Conditional Sponsor £3,000 Conditional
North East Wales (two District Council authorities Flintshire County Council & Wrexham County Borough Council - rural and urban areas
Older & Vulnerable people
Flintshire & Wrexham County
The charity has a credible award winning history of engaging young people in crime prevention interventions. The charity has a strong history and values of supporting the safety & wellbeing of older & vulnerable people.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Denise Edwards Staff
Chief Officer /Management and overseeing of project from implementation to end including training/engagement of all ages & reports
Jackie Lee Staff
Administration of the project, including audits & participation in the delivery of the home safety checks
Flintshire County Council Wardens
Support of team to assist in the delivery of the home safety checks
Susan Griffiths - Volunteer
Susan will assist in the delivery of the home safety checks and supporting the young people in the delivery
will provide a Young Persons ACE Detective training pack
“An amazing project - I have no doubt that as a result of the young people's work with older generations there are people who have not been robbed or even worse, attacked . A model that could and should be rolled out. Amazing young people, who were so mature and wise. Getting it right in everyway.”