info@thebobbyscheme.org

About Us

Helping residents to secure their homes and feel safe

About

The Cambridgeshire Police Shrievalty Trust is a registered charity formed in 1999 to improve community safety in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The name of the Trust reflects the fact that two organisations were primarily responsible for its creation – Cambridgeshire Constabulary and The Office of High Sheriff.  The Bobby Scheme was established in 2001 by the Cambridgeshire Police Shrievalty Trust.

Its aim is to reduce crime and fear of crime of older, vulnerable and disabled people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, thereby improving their quality of life, increased independence and safety.

Our Mission

To secure the homes of older, vulnerable people and domestic abuse victims in our county. To reduce the opportunities for crime in the community and reduce repeat incidents of crime.

Our Vision

To keep older people, vulnerable people and domestic abuse victims safe in their own homes.

Our Goals

  • Improve the feeling of safety, confidence and peace of mind
  • Increased independence, by residents remaining safely in their own home
  • Help residents to make informed choices about their safety by providing them with as much information and support
  • Improve home security, thereby increasing residents health and wellbeing

Our Services

The Cambridgeshire Bobby Scheme, now in its eighteenth year, has helped in excess of 28,000 older, vulnerable and disabled people who are either the victims of burglary, domestic abuse and other crimes, or who are concerned about home and personal security.  We secure the homes of these people with security devices and alarms.

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PRO-ACTIVE VISITS

We offer the same service to non-victims aged over 65 for a small donation currently priced at £50 (if possible) which includes all devices, installation of devices and a home fire safety check.

To arrange a visit for either A KEYSAFE INSTALLATION and/or A PRO-ACTIVE

 Please contact us here.

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What we do

The BOBBY SCHEME helps around 50 people a week affected by burglary, theft or domestic abuse to remain in their home to recover from the trauma and take control of their lives again.

Our service is free to victims over 60 and to all suffering domestic violence.

A skilled bobby will visit, advise and install whatever is needed in the way of locks, door chains, bolts, window alarms and more recently Ring products used in conjunction with WI-FI and smart devices.

We are fully trained to advise, give guidance and signpost to other agencies. We are the 1st practical and tangible help victims receive of which there is NO other charity or service which offers this level of valuable support at no cost to the victim.

The Scheme is a crime reduction programme and our work is aimed to help victims overcome the shock of crime and restore self – confidence, health and wellbeing. Our feedback tells us that 100% of elderly victims we visit have increased feelings of security and are better able to cope with everyday life.

This enables many older people to live independently for longer than they otherwise might. The Scheme can reduce the rate at which elderly and domestic abuse victims of crime believe they are unsafe in their own homes and transfer to institutional or refuge care. The detrimental effects of moving home after such trauma are immense on any victim of any age with many out of control ripple effects.1 For these reasons, together with the wider crime reduction benefits, the scheme is widely acknowledged to be an effective and a beneficial programme for victims to cope and recover from their trauma.

Following our visit victims feel empowered and confident to continue with day to day chores and return to being socially active within their community. Our visits contribute to the victims gaining confidence with the peace of mind to leave their homes in the knowledge that they are secure, thus allowing them to remain independent.

The Scheme operates throughout Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, maintaining an urgent response for victims which has significantly reduced the repeat victimisation rate of the people it has visited. Our repeat victimisation rate is less than 1%.

We have secured over

28,000

Homes

  • Vulnerable people are safer
  • Reduce the fear of crime
  • Remain independent longer
  • Support victims of domestic abuse

Meet Our Team

Glen Carter

Handyman/Security Advisor

Andy Cleathero

Handyman/Security Advisor

Susan Lawrence

Co-ordinator

Perri Luparia

Trust Manager

The Bobby Scheme employs a co-ordinator and two full time Handyman/security advisors to provide the service.

Our two Bobby Security Advisors are Glen Carter and Andy Cleathero. Glen works mainly in the south of the county [Cambridge City, East Cambridgeshire and South Cambridgeshire]. Andy works in the North of the county [Peterborough, Huntingdonshire and Fenland]. 

Susan Lawrence is our Bobby Scheme Co-ordinator. She works in the office at Yaxley Police Station. Susan takes all the calls and referrals, provides essential support by telephone contact with victims of crime, other older/vulnerable people and partner agencies co-ordinating and arranging visits by the Bobby Security Advisors.

The Trust Manager is Perri Luparia. Perri is also based at our Yaxley office and responsible for the overall management and administration of the CPS Trust and its services, and for the day to day operation of the Bobby Scheme. Both Susan and Perri are part-time. There is an answerphone if they are not in the office so please do leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

All staff are CRB checked and vetted by Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

Agencies we work with and partners who support our charity

The importance of The Bobby Scheme is recognised by our partners. We work alongside various agencies mainly by way of referral to provide a well-rounded service to victims and residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

It costs us on average £180 to work at each home.  Being a very small charity we are continually seeking funding to support the work we do.  We would therefore welcome any financial support that you, your association or company could provide to enable us to help more of our communities’ residents.

If you would like to support us or work with us, please contact us here.

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Our Trustees

Judy Pearson, DL

Dr Andy Harter, CBE

Julie Spence, OBE, QPM

Nick Dean

Jane Lewin Smith JP, DL

Captain Victor Lucas, RN, DL

Richard Barnwell, VLL

Richard Pemberton, DL

Niki Howard

Linda Fairbrother

Benjamyn Damazer, JP, DL

H Neil McKittrick, DL