Stronger, Safer Communities

Our Stronger Safer Communities Forum exists to share information, debate issues, and help the VCS sector to speak with a collective voice in this area.  You can read the Terms of Reference here.  If you are interested in getting involved, please email or complete the contact us form on this website.

Future meetings

The most recent meeting was in November 2017 with discussion on Strengthening Local Communities, news from the Criminal Justice Board and Commissioner’s Forum and updates from Hollie Gazzard Trust, the Aston Project and Gloucestershire Hate Crime.

Safer Cyber event – social media and phishing

The VSC Alliance has been considering how we can support the sector to be more secure online – whether understanding IT infrastructure, having confidence in training people or concern about malware. By working together we can share knowledge and information more easily.  We plan to set up quarterly Safer Cyber sessions to look at such issues collectively and learn from some of the county’s leading experts.

The first Safer Cyber session will be at the Growth Hub, Gloucester from 2-4 pm on 15 November, during which we will be looking at social media and phishing scams. Ian Maxted, police lead for the OPCC Safer Cyber priority, will be presenting on these subjects which will include quite a lot of interaction and some fun, always remembering the serious nature. There will also be a chance to network, share concerns and ask questions.  Book your place on Eventbrite at

Minutes of past meetings

3 November 2016 031116 SSC Forum minutes

8 June 2016 080616-ssc-forum-minutes-final

9 February 2016 090216 SSC Forum minutes FINAL

29 September 2015 290915 SSC Forum minutes FINAL

16 April 2015 160415 SSC Forum minutes

8 January 2015 080115 SSC Forum minutes

28 August 2014 Stronger Safer minutes 280814


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