International Safe Community designation
On Friday, November 19, Wanganui officially became the 222nd International Safe Community to be recognised worldwide.
Whilst Wanganui District Council has facilitated this process, this initiative is owned by members of the community as we all work together to bolster community safety.
To gain the designation of an International Safe Community Safer Whanganui submitted a written application addressing strict criteria, received site visits from a Certifying Centre of the World .Health Organistion Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion and was subject to an international peer-review.
Why did Safer Whanganui seek accreditation?
We know that we live in a vibrant and positive community but there is always more we can do to promote the social, environmental and physical wellbeing of our communities.
Our communities already conduct a range of safety initiatives focused on residents, businesses and community groups, including programmes around safety and wellbeing, family violence, road safety, fire safety, child safety, workplace health and safety, emergency planning, alcohol and drug misuse. By working together, through Safer Wanganui, we maximise the impact of the work of all of our diverse agencies and groups, to make a significant and sustainable improvement
Accreditation by the International Safe Communities Network formalises our commitment to doing all we can to create the safest possible communities for those who live, work or visit our communities.
By becoming an accredited member, Wanganui District not only shares the lessons we have learnt but we can tap into a global peer group for further ideas and information
Key aims include:
Long-term, sustainable programs covering every sector of the community
Programmes that target high-risk groups and environments, and programmes which promote safety for vulnerable groups
Evaluation measures to assess programs, processes and effects of changes.
The designation of International Safe Community status formalises our commitment to making our communities safer and signals this to the rest of NZ and the world.
Click here to see images from the designation event.