Community organisations working to make Essex safer shared their projects at the annual Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’s conference.
The event, with a theme of Partnerships in Action, gave a platform to charities and other organisations focusing on tackling issues ranging from community safety to fire awareness and youth problems.
They were able to discuss their work with representatives from the emergency services who attended the conference to see where there could be more collaborative working.
Stands set up around the room included those by Firebreak, Southend Churches, Essex Fire Volunteers, Crimestoppers, Special Constabulary, Victim Support, Safer Places, Youth Service and Open Road.
The Wilderness Foundation offers wildness and nature therapy camps for teenagers and young people experiencing difficulties in their lives or with their mental health and wellbeing.
Jo Roberts attended the conference and said: “We feel a really close connection with the police and fire service. The conference was an opportunity for us to learn about current trends and behaviours. As an organisation, we want to be relevant to current trends.
“This even opens up a whole lot of new thinking for us. We are very collaborative, so it means we are building more and more partnerships.”