Working with communities

Channel - preventing radicalisation

Channel can help people make positive choices about their lives. It is an early intervention scheme that supports people who are at risk of radicalisation and provides practical support tailored to individual needs. For more information see the Channel Panel leaflet (downloads section of this page).

Unpaid work in the community – helping to improve local neighbourhoods

The South and Vale Community Safety Partnership work closely with Thames Valley Probation Service to improve local neighbourhoods

Is there a public area in your neighbourhood that could do with being cleared, cleaned or painted?

If so, Thames Valley Probation may be able to help. They run the ‘Community Payback’ scheme, where offenders who have been sentenced to an Unpaid Work Requirement are given jobs to do that benefit the local community.

For example, placements could involve:

  • clearing overgrown public areas
  • removing graffiti (on public rather than private property)
  • conservation work
  • painting and decorating (especially schools and other community/charity facilities)

This scheme is particularly keen to take on placements where offenders work alongside volunteers from the community. This helps offenders to understand the value of the work they are doing.

If you know of an area where you think Community Payback could help, please email the details to Karen Brown, Shared Community Safety Projects Officer

Please note:

Facilities to store tools and provision for comfort breaks are essential. 

  • Any materials needed for a project/job (e.g. paint) would need to be provided by the person/team providing the placement. Funding may be available to help with this (e.g. from South & Vale Community Safety Partnership) –  we can provide details.
  • Any project/job request is subject to a formal written risk assessment, carried out by Thames Valley Probation.

Road Safety

The South and Vale Community Safety Partnership support projects working with schools and communities that aim to deal with local road safety issues such as speeding and dangerously parked vehicles. 

For information on how to report a road safety concern or problem (e.g. street lighting and pot holes) please visit

Neighbourhood Action Groups (NAGs)

Neighbourhood Action Groups (NAGs) are a key part of Neighbourhood Policing in the Vale of White Horse.

A NAG is a multi-agency, problem-solving group that consists of relevant partner agencies, key stakeholders and, most importantly, members of the local community.

NAGs focus their work around the main priorities that are identified after consultation with the local community.  Members, who are all volunteers, take on responsibility for achieving certain tasks on behalf of their neighbourhood.

If you are interested in becoming involved please call 0845 8 505 505 (the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number) and ask to speak to a representative from your local Neighbourhood Policing team or visit

Street pastors

Street pastor schemes are a church based response for dealing with the issues of crime and the fear of crime.  Volunteers spend their time out and about in the evenings, offering impartial advice and help people who have had too much to drink or need assistance.  The initiative is highly regarded by the Home Office and the police nationally. In the Vale of White Horse, there are schemes in Abingdon and Wantage and Grove. 

Case studies

  • street pastor teams have frequently cleared bottles and cans from numerous locations around Wantage and Grove.  This not only helps to improve appearance of the town, but prevents these articles being used as weapons. 
  • street pastors gave flip flops to a girl they found trying to break the heels off her shoes so that she could walk home.
  • street pastor teams have spent time with several vulnerable young people who have found themselves alone or distressed.

Organising a public event - safety considerations

If you are planning a public event within your local community, please see our event management page which includes Oxfordshire's practical guide for event organisers.

Last reviewed: 30 - 06 - 2016

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