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Cost effective training initiative launched to protect your organisation from cyber crime

In response to increasing concern from businesses, voluntary organisations and schools about cyber security locally based Cygnet CIC has launched a new training initiative.

The Wallington based company now has available a range of on line video training sessions which highlight how to minimise the many ways that emails, websites and other on line access can be vulnerable to cyber attack.

“It just takes one email, or missent communication and sadly a whole organisation’s information can be jeopardised,” said Chief Executive Darren King.

“The easy access training that we have now developed will hopefully embed in every member of staff in every organisation the importance of ensuring communications and material remain as secure as possible.”

The cost of the training is as little as £25 per person per year.

For full details go to darren@cygnet.it

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Man jailed following investigation into a sexual assault on night bus

A man has been jailed following an investigation by officers into a sexual assault on board a night bus in south west London.

Edward Chirmicii, 24 (7.11.96) of Waltham Forest, E11 was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Friday, 7 May to 16 months imprisonment. He was also given a five year sexual harm prevention order, placed on the sex offenders register for ten years and ordered to pay compensation to victim amounting to £1000 within 6 months.

He had previously pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault.

PC Chris Bowman, from the Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “Chirmicii targeted a woman travelling alone on a bus. He made a number of unpleasant comments towards her, causing her to fear for her safety.

“Following the assault, he calmly boarded another bus to continue with his journey as if nothing had happened. The woman’s quick phone call to police ensured that he was caught.

“It is possible that Chirmicii may have carried out other offences. If this is the case, I would like to hear from anyone who recognises him. Everyone is entitled to travel safely on public transports, and any behaviour which prevents this will not be tolerated.”

At approximately 01:15hrs on Monday, 1 February, a woman boarded a Route N87 on Wandsworth Road, SW8. Before sitting on the lower deck. Chirmicii was already on board.

Within a matter of seconds, he moved to sit next to the woman before making lurid comments to her. When the woman refused to engage with him, he moved back across the aisle where he proceeded to watch a pornographic video on his phone.

A short time later, the woman noticed him performing a sex act. He then got off the bus.

The woman informed the driver and got off the bus further along the route where she called the police. A second bus pulled up and she saw Chirmicii on the lower deck.

Officers stopped the bus and he was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.

Mandy McGregor, TfL’s Head of Transport Policing and Community Safety, said: “It is right this utterly disgusting act committed by Chirmicii has been punished with the full force of the law. No one should have to endure this type of despicable behaviour, which thankfully is extremely rare, when travelling around London. Public transport is a safe, low crime environment, but we would urge anyone who does experience unwanted sexual behaviour on our network to come forward and report it to the police immediately. All reports are fully investigated and we work closely with the police to bring offenders to justice.”

+ If you have been a victim of sexual assault or rape or you have information about an offender, contact police on 101 or 999 in an emergency – there are specially trained officers who will listen and investigate where needed.

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NHS Trust secures nearly £3 million to support adult community health services

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) has been successful in securing £2.8m to support the development of its adult community mental health services.

The funding will be used to deliver improvements as part of a larger investment over the next three years in community services. In line with ambitions set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, this will see the development of new models of care across South West London, designed to support community and inpatient services to work better together.

Amy Scammell, Director of Strategy and Commercial Development at the Trust, said: “We have been working closely with partners across the care system to secure this funding for community services and are delighted to move forward with this exciting transformation programme.

“At its heart, this work is about breaking down barriers and working together with services users and carers, healthcare partners, and voluntary and community sector organisations to deliver joined-up care that offers choice and flexibility for people in South West London.”

Pilot programmes will begin in Sutton later this year, whilst local design and delivery groups will commence in Kingston, Merton, Richmond, and Wandsworth over the next 18 months.

As well as addressing barriers between primary and secondary care, the programme will seek to reduce waiting times, address inequalities and support care transitions, whilst delivering a variety of new roles including Nursing Associates, Peer Support Workers and Community Support Workers.

SWLSTG Chief Executive, Vanessa Ford said: “The past 14 months have challenged us all in so many different ways. As an anchor in our communities we are committed to supporting our local recovery. Our community services are vital to this, so it is hugely encouraging to see this funding coming through.

“Our mission as a Trust is Making Life Better Together. We aspire to be a centre of excellence, providing safe and effective care; a place service users recommend, where clinicians want to train and where our communities want to work with us. This investment is fundamental to this and will have a positive impact for people across South West London for generations to come.”

The transformation of SWLSTG’s adult community mental health services is one part of a wider ‘Integrated Programme’, delivering improvements across the Trust’s estate, services and for its workforce.

This includes the development of a new mixed-used community, ‘Springfield Village’, in Wandsworth comprising new mental health facilities, residential housing and a new 32-acre park. Further regeneration is also planned in the coming years at Richmond Royal and Barnes Hospital in Richmond and at Tolworth Hospital in Kingston.

Director for the Trust’s Integrated Programme, Ian Garlington said: “We are thrilled to be on the verge of delivering brand new mental health facilities at Springfield Hospital in late 2022, ensuring our service users have the best environments in which to recover. Integrating these buildings into the communities we serve is at the heart of this design, breaking stigma and giving mental health the status it deserves.

“As we strive to make life better together, we are looking not just at the environments we provide, but also the culture of our organisation, the technologies we use in our day-to-day, and the collaborations and partnerships we build across our communities and through our community services.”

Watch the Trust’s recent community broadcast to find out more about the future of mental health services in South West London, and learn more about the Trust’s Integrated Programme including the Community Transformation Programme here.

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Focus on fostering identifies 200 children in the borough who need our help

Foster Care Fortnight takes place from 10 – 23 May and provides an opportunity to celebrate fostering and the impact it has upon lives.

The borough’s Fostering Service has been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to provide homes to some of the borough’s most vulnerable children and young people and have captured the stories of inspiring children and families.

Currently there are around 200 children in Sutton who need to be in care and the borough is always recruiting for new foster carers.

For more information on Fostering in Sutton, please visit – www.fosteringinsutton.gov.uk

Foster Care Fortnight’s theme this year is #WhyWeCare and a range of families shared their experiences:Several fostering families have shared their experiences;

“We have been fostering for about 14 years now and have looked after many children from 0-18 years old. We have had  two lovely children with us for the last nearly nine years and they are our ‘forever boys’.” – Helen Longford, Long-Term Foster Carer

“One of the best feelings in fostering was watching our lovely Georgia graduate with a 2.1 degree in Education and watch her blossom and grow. So immensely proud of everything she has achieved and the love we have for her and the children in our care. To see our beautiful young girl work hard for her A-levels with such creativity in the subjects she has chosen. The little ones who have been with us and helping to prepare their path for adoption.” – Chris Naylor, Foster Carer

“The rewards start with you building a great relationship with the child / young person. Seeing them grow and develop throughout your time together and being part of your family when they are with you is a great experience.” – Mary Deere, Short Breaks Foster Carer