New Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch

October 2023 Newsletter

Wondering if it’s worth contacting the Police when you experience a public annoyance? The answer is a definite YES.

The community are encouraged to send through information about any type of criminal behaviour or public annoyance such as hooning or anti-social behaviour. Even though hooners and trouble-makers may disturb your environment for only a few minutes and then move away, it is still important to report this to Police on the 131 444 number.  If lots of residents report this around the same time, Police will send out patrols and may even catch the perpetrators in the act, or perhaps leaving town on one of the main roads. So PLEASE report anti-social behaviour to Police as it is happening! At any time of day or night!

As for reporting knowledge regarding other criminal behaviour: Crimestoppers is the place to go! For the first half of 2023 most tips that Crime Stoppers Tasmania has passed to Tasmania Police have been about illicit drugs, followed by traffic, wanted persons, theft and firearms. It’s quick and easy to give information on the website – which can be done anonymously.

When you contact Crime Stoppers, they’ll never know it was you. And always tick Neighbourhood Watch when asked: What prompted you to make this tip?  www.crimestopperstas.com.au

And feel free to message us on facebook (privately if you like) if you would like to share information with the community about thefts or break-ins going on in your neighbourhood right now.  

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH WEEK is part of a national mental health promotion campaign held in October each year, and incorporates World Mental Health Day, held globally on 10 October. The purpose of this awareness week is to engage communities in activities that promote mental health and wellbeing and also increase understanding and reduce stigma about mental illness, and how it impacts on the lives of people in our community.

Mental Health Week in Tasmania this year will be from 7 – 15 October. The theme is ‘Awareness, Belonging, Connection’:

  1. Awareness is about understanding the things we need to maintain and boost our mental wellbeing, and knowing when we need to reach out for help and where to get it.
  2. Belonging is about looking out for each other, ensuring we feel safe and supported, and understanding that however we feel, we’re not alone, and that there are others going through the same thing.

 Connection is about our relationships with our friends, families and those that we care about, as well as the groups, clubs, and networks around us that we rely on to help keep us happy and healthy, wherever we live, work, or play.

Get behind Mental Health Week, and show support by Turning Tasmania Orange! Orange is the official colour for Mental Health Week in Tasmania, chosen because it’s warm, and inviting, and has a positive and uplifting influence. Why not have a ‘Wear Orange’ day at your school or workplace, host a morning or afternoon tea with delicious orange themed food, or pop an orange light globe in the window of your home, office or business to start a conversation, and show that mental health and wellbeing is important to you.

 If ever you need help, or want to speak with someone about your mental health, you can find many resources on our directory website:  www.connectingderwentvalley.com.au

NATIONAL CARERS’ WEEK will run from 15th to 21st October.

It is an opportunity to recognise, celebrate and raise awareness about Australia’s 2.65 million carers.

Carers represent a diverse range of cultures, ages, experiences and responsibilities, but all of them balance of caring responsibilities with other responsibilities like work, study and their physical and mental health. Even a young person can be a “Carer”, though they might not recognise themselves as such.  Perhaps they do much of the organising at home because of a parent who is unable to care for them fully. They take on more responsibility than a child normally would.  They are a Carer.

Carers Australia is the national peak body representing Australia’s unpaid carers, advocating on their behalf to influence policies and services at a national level. They advocate and lobby on a wide range of issues that affect carers, and manage the delivery of programs, support and services for carers.  If you are a Carer and wish to obtain support, you can find out more at this site:  www.carersaustralia.com.au/about-carers/

REMEMBER…

IN AN Emergency… Call 000.  If a crime has already happened, call 131 444.  For anonymous reporting call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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