Safer Streets hosted a pop-up event on Social Street, Penryn Campus in support of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
The multi-agency event was focused on discussing issues around street safety and violence against women and girls (VAWG) and connecting the community with local services that can help them learn more.
Attending the event were several community services, including Cornwall Council’s Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Team, Safer Futures Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Service, The Women’s Centre Cornwall, Devon and Cornwall Police and Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union.
All services were keen to share how we can tackle these important issues together. There was opportunity for students to share their experiences and feedback for improvement with Cornwall Council.
Falmouth was recently successful in its bid for funding as part of the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund and will be delivering this project with the intention of tackling VAWG in Falmouth. Safer Streets is offering funding for projects aimed at improving the safety in Falmouth and Penryn.
Charlotte Agnew, President Welfare & Inclusivity from the SU said, “Students want to know what their Students’ Union, their University and the local police are doing in response to current fears, and want to know if these threats are being taken seriously and that proactive changes happen as a result of this.
“Hosting this event at Penryn Campus put street safety at the forefront of our university community and got students sharing their feedback directly with local authorities.
“Tackling gender-based violence is a priority for the SU team. We are working closely with the universities and Falmouth and Penryn community services to make Falmouth and Penryn a safer place for marginalised genders, such as women and non-binary folk.”
The SU have hosted a number of personal safety pop up events for students throughout the year, distributing personal safety kits and listening to students' experiences. Cornwall Council plan to continue working with The SU and the universities to gather feedback and take action on making Falmouth a safer place.