MAKING SAFER PLACES
funded by the Big Lottery Fund (previously
the Community Fund England)
Safety Audits and Reports
London Community Safety Audit
here (pdf 911kb) to download Brunswick Estate, Islington Community
Safety Audit Interim Report January 2005.
Bristol Community Safety Audit
here (pdf 668 kb) to download Baptist Mills/Millpond Community
Safety Audit Group Intereim Report May 2004.
Manchester Community Safety Audit
here (pdf 597 kb) to download Northmoor Community Safety Audit
Women's Group Interim Report (Safety in Northmoor) September 2003.
The 24-hour City - Implications for Women's Safety
A paper presented to the London Women and Planning Forum January
(pdf 33 kb) to read and download details. WDS's Policy Worker
on this project was Harriet Wilkins.
Project Evaluation A mid-term evaluation of the project was
completed in August 2004.
Click here (pdf 205 kb) to download a copy.
Background to the project
"Urban environments where women feel safe to go about their everyday
lives without fear"
is the vision behind the Making Safer Places project. The quotes
below illustrate that women want to live, work and socialise in
safer environments and that women have something to contribute to
the community safety agenda.
" I will definitely notice things like hidden corners and lighting
levels now but I also think that I could get in touch with the council
and say I think it is dangerous here, what are you going to do about
Project participant from the School's Safety Check: Pedestrian Routes
in Hammersmith and Fulham.
"Safety in the area would increase if there were more amenities
or the opening hours for shops were extended, as this would increase
the number of people in the street and not make it seem so deserted"
Project Participant from the Bangladeshi Women's Shopping Audit
Making Safer Places is specifically interested in the experience
of black and minority ethnic women, older women and disabled women,
whose social and physical vulnerability - both real and perceived
- makes an impact on their quality of life. The wider community
in urban areas and policy/decision-makers with a regeneration and
community safety remit are also key interest groups.
The project has been bringing women onto the regeneration and community
safety agenda so that they can enjoy a greater sense of safety,
develop their self-confidence, economic and social independence
and contribute to a more sustainable community life.
This three-year project started in November 2002 with core funding
from Community Fund England. There are two project workers:-
Catherine Robertson Policy Development Worker
Aziza Kapadia Training Development Worker
A consortium comprising Women's Design Service (lead organisation),
Neighbourhood Initiatives Foundation, (www.nifonline.org.uk)
and Crime Concern (www.crimeconcern.org.uk)
conceived Making Safer Places.
Making Safer Places works in Manchester, Bristol and the London
Borough of Islington, and is informed and supported by our project
Manchester City Council www.manchester.gov.uk
Bristol Women's Forum via www.bristol-city.gov.uk
EC1 New Deal, Islington www.ec1newdeal.com
The consortium and project partners provide Making Safer Places
with strategic leadership through a steering group which meets quarterly.
AIMS OF THE PROJECT
- To improve community safety with women in urban environments.
- To involve women as active participants in the change process.
- To enable a connection between women and policy makers so that policy is informed by community experience.
- To train and support women living in communities to engage with community safety issues.
- To promote gender persepectives on community safety policy and practice.
- To work with organisations in the community, voluntary, academic and statutory sectors to engage with women on community safety issues.
- To convene a network on gender and community safety.
- Training and supporting women living in communities to engage with community safety issues
A set of criteria has been drawn up to ensure that our target group is well represented, that there are community structures in place that MSP can fit into and that there are resources available to ensure that some recommendations identified by women living in these communities can be implemented. Following presentations and meetings in Manchester, Islington and Bristol we agreed on the neighbourhoods we would work in.
- Promoting a gender perspective on community safety policy and practice
Making Safer Places has started to develop a profile on women and community safety. Presentations have been made at the following events:-
- Urban Forum ‘The Environment’ Conference November 2002
- London Women’s Planning Forum ’24 Hour City’ Conference January 2003. paper from the 24 Hour City presentation
- Manchester Women's Voices Conference
- To work with organisations in the community, voluntary, academic and statutory sectors to engage with women on community safety issues
Meetings have been held with academics with a gender and community safety focus based at London School of Economics, University of East London, University of West England and Sheffield Hallam University with a view to developing our unique position on women and community safety in urban settings.
In addition, a number of site visits were carried out in Manchester, Hammersmith and Fulham (although our focus has now changed to the London Borough of Islington) and Bristol, which incorporated publicising the project, developing our knowledge of the key issues and making contacts with key stakeholders in the areas.
A project outline has also been produced and distributed to a range of local, regional and national contacts, many of whom operate beyond our target cities.
- To convene a network on gender and community safety
Making Safer Places is starting to develop a profile in and beyond our target cities, which will form the basis of a network. We have also started to monitor the work around regeneration, community safety and community involvement both nationally (e.g. Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy ODPM Neighbourhood Renewal Unit, Home Office Active Community Unit, Living Streets, Secured By Design) and locally (e.g. Neighbourhood Renewal Strategies Crime Reduction Strategies, Community Strategies, Local Strategic Partnerships)
Making Safer Places National Conference
The Making Safer Places national conference, Women's Safety in Our Cities, took place on 18th November 2005, with almost 100 participants. The conference marked the end of the 3 year pilot project and sought to disseminate the project and place it in the wider context of women's safety.