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Ground-breaking HALO Project launched in Hetton to support communities from all backgrounds


A ground-breaking partnership has been rolled out in Hetton to help rejuvenate the area and support the communities who live there.

Northumbria Police and Sunderland City Council have teamed up with a range of partners across Wearside to launch the HALO Project.

The project will see key organisations and support services all working together under the same roof to support those living in Hetton – and help some of the most vulnerable people in the community from all backgrounds.

The exciting initiative follows the success of the award-winning SARA Project in Southwick, launched in September 2020.

Building on the work achieved in Southwick, it’s hoped the HALO Project will similarly breathe fresh life into Hetton with organisations and the public working together to tackle a range of issues including crime and disorder, mental health, unemployment rates whilst seeking to improve the overall aesthetic appearance of the area.

The project will see a team of police officers working alongside representatives from the council, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue, Gentoo, All Together Better Sunderland and Together for Children – operating from The Hetton Centre to provide streamlined support to those who need it most.

Superintendent Barrie Joisce, of Northumbria Police, said: “I’m delighted that the HALO Project is now up and running following a significant amount of planning and hard work between all partners.

“We have seen first-hand, through the SARA Project in Southwick, how this problem-solving approach can have a transformative and beneficial impact on the whole area.

“Having listened to residents as part of our Let’s Talk consultation, we know what issues they want to see tackled and how keen they are to get involved in what’s going on their community. This feedback has helped shape the HALO project.

“We have an incredible community in Hetton, and this is a great opportunity for them to come together with organisations including the council, police, fire service and Gentoo to tackle issues such as anti-social behaviour, crime and housing.

“It’s a brilliant chance for the community to get involved in improving the area and working together to make it a great place to live. Engaging with our stakeholders and the voluntary and community sector will also be key to the successful delivery of the project.

“I think it has the potential to make a real difference to people’s lives and I’d encourage everyone to come along to the community fun day at the Hetton Centre next week to find out more and about how they can get involved.”

Andrew Nelson, Station Manager for Rainton Bridge Community Fire Station, added: “We regularly work with our colleagues at the police and local authority to address anti-social behaviour because it is often linked to deliberate fire setting.

“We have experienced similar issues in Hetton and are confident that, by adopting a multi-agency response as part of the HALO project, we can improve the lives of residents in the area.”

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