As a follow up to our successful Community Conference on Women’s Safety in November 2021, this free event on Saturday 1 October at Salisbury’s Guildhall provides a combination of speakers, demonstrations and displays, updating visitors on what has been happening over the past few months and giving a picture of what future plans are in place.

Since November an Action Plan has been developed and a Steering Group has been overseeing its implementation. Several different groups and individuals have been working on various projects with the aim of improving safety in Salisbury, with a particular focus on women and girls.

Many of the organisations working on safety issues in the Salisbury area are supporting the event with displays and they will also share ideas for individuals or organisations who wish to get involved. Additionally there will be a self-defence demonstration, a presentation on how to recognise vulnerable individuals, a spotlight on our local CCTV service and a talk on how to avoid fraud and financial scams.

Keynote speakers will be

  • Dame Vera Baird KC, Victims Commissioner for England and Wales, speaking about why words matter
  • PCC Philip Wilkinson will talk about the work that is underway with Wiltshire Police
  • Superintendent Sarah Robbins, Wiltshire Police Lead for Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Carolyn Deverell Hart, Commissioning and Partnerships Manager, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire

The event lasts from 13.30 to 16.30, entry is free and tea and coffee will be provided, but donations on the day towards costs would be appreciated.

The event has been organised jointly by Salisbury Soroptimist Club and Safer and Supportive Salisbury. It has the support of many local organisations including Pubwatch, Street Pastors, CCTV team, Wiltshire Police, The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Salisbury City Council and others.

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Following our keynote speakers in the Crown Court Room will be a free participative workshop:

Imagined Cities: an exploration in how creativity can help us connect, and change our public space to be collectively owned domains.

In the workshop we will explore how we can use arts and creativity to make our public places spaces, safer and more inclusive, and how if they become spaces of play (for all) and connection they might provide possible new ways to use our city to our joint benefit.
Join James Gough from the project Materialise in an exploratory workshop on how Salisbury might use art and creativity to make the city a safer and more inclusive place.
Materialise is a programme of projects that look to explore how we embed culture in the everyday life of Salisbury, building engagements and connections through partnerships that are meaningful to the citizens. We are stronger together, and Materialise is a catalyst, bringing different people to have fun and develop empathy, understanding, and respect through culture.



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