Pilot scheme to help anti-social behaviour victims in Buckskin and South Ham (From Andover Advertiser)
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Pilot scheme to help anti-social behaviour victims in Buckskin and South Ham
A PILOT scheme to help victims of anti-social behaviour (ASB) has launched in two areas of Basingstoke.
People living in Buckskin and South Ham now have the option to be referred to Victim Support, which will be able to offer them a dedicated service, under the Sovereign Housing Association initiative.
The service launched at the start of August in partnership with Victim Support, an independent national charity that helps people find their strength again after being the victim of crime or ASB.
Jim Benson, Sovereign’s ASB officer for Basingstoke, said: “As part of our aim of creating great communities, we have a strong commitment to tackling ASB.
“This arrangement will provide residents affected by ASB with a whole support mechanism that is free, impartial and confidential.
“Because of Victim Support’s professional expertise and capacity, this partnership allows us to provide a specialist service to the victims of ASB, in addition to the support Sovereign staff offer.”
Specially-trained case workers will give personalised support, help victims of ASB to understand the process, refer them to the right agencies, provide advocacy on their behalf and check that appropriate action is being taken.
The pilot is part of a wider investment in Buckskin and South Ham by Sovereign, which has more than 2,000 properties in these areas.
Selina Robinson, of Victim Support, said: “The Victim Support ASB Project team are really excited to be a part of this new venture and to provide support for tenants of Sovereign who have been affected by ASB.
“We are looking forward to working in partnership with Sovereign and their residents to improve community support and development.”
The charity is looking at how to make the scheme sustainable, for example setting up a peer group where people suffering similar problems can come together for support.
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