About us

Our mission is to help create the conditions for healthier, happier communities:
‘Safer Stronger Communities strength through collaboration and partnership’

We put people at the heart of of everything we do. By working with a wide group of like-minded partners across Cornwall, we deliver projects that fully involve the people we’re supporting to deliver lasting change for their communities. This can be a specific location or a group of people.

Our core values are:

  • People are at the heart of what we do, and we believe in their potential
  • We act with integrity and respect
  • We have accountability and responsibility for community benefit
  • We have respect and belief in each other
  • All activity is co-produced, respecting lived experience


‘To progress the Trauma Informed Network Cornwall agenda will save money, resources and distress. We will reduce the number of times people have to tell their story or are excluded from services because they are seen as difficult or not engaging. We will create a safer service and reduce the additional trauma caused by accessing support.’
Feedback from a Cornwall Council Commissioner to the SSC-led Trauma Informed Network Cornwall, 2021


Our partners

We can’t do this work alone. We are privileged to have more than 25 partners in Cornwall’s vibrant voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.

They provide a broad range of specialist services and you can browse them in our partner directory.

Together we work towards these shared aims:

  • Promote equality and opportunity within communities.
  • We support people to overcome challenges to lead healthier happy lives.
  • Work across family generations to break cycles of disadvantage.
  • Ensure access to local and affordable community services.
  • Bring providers together to sustain effective, inclusive services.
  • Support people affected by harm to cope and recover.
  • Promote community cohesion.
  • Develop an open, restorative learning culture amongst organisations working locally with disadvantaged people.

Our history

Safer Stronger was set up in 2014, as a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. Our consortium and partnership-working model allows for a responsive and dynamic approach to opportunities, which include supporting victims of crime in their recovery journey, facilitating the future employment of offenders and ex-offenders and enabling more cohesive, interdependent communities through restorative justice practices.

Board of Trustees

  • Jon McLeavy (Chair)
  • Alan Milliner
  • Paul Reeve
  • Carolyn Rule
  • Miles Topman


  • Lydia Mills, Chief Officer
  • Mandy Youell, Serious Violence Prevention Project Co-ordinator