Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Working together with partner agencies to help reduce drownings

Our team are passionately committed to reducing drowning and sharing water safety messages to all communities far and wide.  Working inconjunction with partner agenices and community groups the spread of the messages is much wider and more powerful.  For example we enjoy working with local businesses, local charities, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Kent Police, Kent Search and Rescue, Community Wardens, Community Pastors and HM Coastguard to promote water safety at events to name a few.

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If you are a regular follower of our social media channels and preventative work you will have seen that we are actively involved in supporting other water safety organisations campaigns to help prevent and reduce drownings. Here is a run down on the campaigns we get involved in:

 

Respect the water is the RNLI water safety campaign which runs throughout the year, but is relaunched during May to highlight water safety risks, how to avoid them and gives advice on how to stay safe. More information on Respect the Water campaign

 

‘Be Beach Safe’

During Summer 2020, the RNLI in collaboration with the HM Coastguard ran the ‘Be Beach Safe’ campaign, designed to share key beach safety messages.  Due to the travel restrictions imposed during lock-down the coast and beach saw a significant increase in visitor numbers. The ‘Be Beach Safe’ campaign was even more important during this period and continues to be shared far and wide.

 

Also, during the Summer of 2020, the RNLI initiated an Ambassador scheme, where organisations and businesses close to the coastline could sign-up and help share key water safety messages.  This also included calling the Coastguard via ‘999’ for any coastal emergency and displaying posters in their premises or venues.  During the 2020/21 the RNLI partnered with the HM Coastguard to share the Be Coast Safe safety message.  This is increasingly important during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown that this message is shared as widely as possible with an increase in the number of people taking their daily exercise at the coast.

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HM Coastguard and RNLI Community Safety sharing Don’t Drink and Drown safety messages with Margate bars 2018
What is the Don’t Drink and Drown campaign?

The Royal Lifesaving Society’s (RLSS) Don’t Drink and Drown campaign is run during September and December targeting University students and those enjoying their works Christmas parties. The Don’t Drink and Drown campaign highlights the dangers of walking home close to open water after a night out.  More information on the Don’t Drink and Drown campaign

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Are Runners and Walkers at risk of drowning?

In 2019, our team were involved in promoting the Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS) Runners and Walkers water safety campaign at the beginning of November by holding a water safety stand at the fabulous Pegwell Bay Park Run.  You may have come across the NFCC water safety campaigns called ‘Be Water Aware’. More information on this campaign

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Swim Safe team pictured with the Margate Mayor Mick Tomlinson and Councillor Liz Hurst
What is Swim Safe?

For the past two years we have helped raise funds and promote the Swim Safe programme which comprises free sea swimming and safety lessons for children aged 7-14 years held on Margate main sands. More information on Swim Safe

 

What is the Know Who To Call campaign?

Throughout the year we help promote the work of the HM Coastguard more specifically the ‘Know Who To call’ in a coastal emergency campaign. This is a vitally important message to get across as over half the people we speak with at events don’t know to call the Coastguard via ‘999’ for any emergency at the coast or on the River Thames.

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‘Be Water Aware’ – who has pioneered this campaign?

The National Fire Chief’s Drowning Prevention Week campaign is supported annually by the team. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the risk of accidental drowning using Fire and Rescue Services’ across the UK. More information on the ‘Be Water Aware’ campaign.

If you want to get involved in the RNLI Local Ambassador campaign then check out this link for more information. 

Thank you for reading this blog and we stay safe!

 

More useful links

RLSS – water safety campaigns

National Fire Chief’s – ‘Be Water Aware’

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Acknowledgements

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HM Coastguard

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Community safety groups rallying together for their ‘Take Over Day’

Community Safety is so important to highlight at all times of the year, but particularly during the summer months with school holidays in full swing and an increased number of people enjoying the outdoors.  So, with this in mind, the Kent Community Wardens organised a Community Safety ‘Take Over Day’ at the Herne Bay branch of Sainsbury’s on Thursday 1st August. 

The day comprised of different local commmunity organisations including the Herne Bay HM Coastguard team, Kent Road Safety, Kent Police, Victim Support, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Street Pastors and of course the Community Wardens holding information tables at the supermarket entrance chatting to lovely shoppers about their respective safety work. Each organisation has an integral part to play in helping to keep people safe within their communities. 

We also supported this event by taking along our Respect the Water gazeboo and sharing our key safety messages.  If you are a regular reader of our blogs you may know that these are:

Street Pastors are possibly the lesser known of the groups, they are volunteers from local churches who have a genuine concern for their communities. After professional training, teams go out at night to engage with people providing a non-confrontational approach available to care, listen and offer practical help to whoever they meet, especially young people.

HM Coastguard Team officers with their rescue equipment and vehicle

HM Coastguard officers showcased their various kit, including mud, water and cliff rescue equipment. We were also very lucky to meet the Area Senior Coastguard Officer Nigel Woolley who visited the event.

Picture credit: Kent County Council

Community Wardens undertake fabulous work in our communities. If you aren’t familiar with their responsibilities here is a quick snapshot:

  • can tackle low-level crime and antisocial behaviour (such as graffiti, littering, fly tipping and vandalism)
  • can take names and addresses and control traffic
  • are a reassuring uniformed presence
  • are fully trained to the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme before starting their work
  • encourage communities to work together and make things better for everyone
  • work closely with Kent Police and other professional authorities
  • talk with local people, offering information and advice
  • take part in local community activities

Our team really enjoyed working in partnership with the different partner organisations to provide a wide range of community safety advice to the shoppers of Herne Bay Sainsbury’s.  A big shout out to Mandy one of the Community Wardens for organising the day and making sure everything went smoothly!

More useful information

Kent Community Wardens

HM Coastguard – information about volunteering