Chief Constable Mike Veale on the Bobby Van

Chief Constable Mike Veale’s monthly column for May focuses on the work we do here at the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust. He focuses on the recent launch of the Stay Safe Online initiative we launched this month in partnership with Wiltshire Police.

It is great to see the kind words he has for our work, which we hugely appreciate. He also talks about the other work that we do supporting not just those over 60, or 18+ with a registered disability, but also victims of domestic abuse.


Director Jennie Shaw on BBC Wiltshire Radio

Yesterday, Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust Director, Jennie Shaw, was interviewed by Graham Rogers on his afternoon radio show on BBC Wiltshire. Jennie spoke about the work of the Bobby Van and the new joint initiative Stay Safe Online.

The radio show will be available for another 29 days, and can be listed to here. Jennie’s interview starts at 1hour 42mins into the show.

Stay Safe Online Initiative Launched!

SSO Volunteer launch 2 May 2017On 2nd May 2017, The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust, working in partnership with Wiltshire Police, launched a bespoke Online Safety Initiative – Stay Safe Online. Initially a pilot scheme, this is believed to be the first of it’s kind in the country.

Bobby Van Online Safety Advisors have been interviewed and trained by Wiltshire Police to deliver the new initiative across Swindon and Wiltshire. They are working together with the Police to maintain an awareness of current computer crimes and to ensure advice is up-to-date with the ever changing scams.

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Jennie Shaw explains:

“Computer crime is one of the fastest growing crimes targeting the over 60s. The aim of the volunteers will be to visit the client’s home to offer a tailored service to improve their awareness of on line security and help them to identify potential risks.

If an offense has been committed, the client will be encouraged to report it via 101.

Referrals can be made through Wiltshire Police, through supporting agencies or can be self-referred via 101.

Our advisors will be happy to provide talks and presentations to wider community groups. Raising awareness through education is the key to its success.” 

Sergeant Vincent Logue of Wiltshire Police, adds:

“The Bobby Van Trust is already a well-established and trusted Charity in Wiltshire, with it now offering the Stay Safe Online service, it will give vital knowledge to those within our community who might otherwise become victims of computer crime. 

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The service will allow people to protect themselves and their families against this growing and sinister crime type.  I would like to thank our fantastic volunteers who have come forward to give up their own time to deliver this service, free of charge, to those who need it.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson said:

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“One of the priorities in my Police and Crime Plan is to protect the most vulnerable in society, and I am grateful to the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust and their volunteers for all the work they do in our communities.

Cybercrime is a growing concern, which doesn’t discriminate, and knows no boundaries. Whether you have grown up with the internet, or have discovered it later in life, we all need to be more aware of the hidden dangers online.

I am pleased to see the partnership work between Wiltshire Police and The Bobby Van Trust. The Online Safety Initiative will inform and educate about the importance of cyber security, providing an invaluable service to help keep our communities safe.”

To find out more about the initiative, and get in touch for an Online Safety Advisor to visit or give a talk to your local community, please see the Stay Safe Online section of our website (About>Our Services)




Well done Michael!

Huge congratulations to DC Michael O’Sullivan who completed the 2017 London Marathon in a personal best time of 3hrs 46 mins!

He has raised over £1,000 to help us continue providing security support to the elderly and vulnerable people in Wiltshire and Swindon.

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This morning Michael said to us:

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do it and for all your support and I hope I have managed to do your wonderful charity justice.

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me or who has offered me support along the way.

If you ever get the opportunity to run the London Marathon do it, it truly is a great day and I loved every moment of yesterday and restores your faith in humanity. The crowds and support are just amazing. I’m still on a high this morning.”


DC Michael O’Sullivan to run 2017 London Marathon for The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust

Our very best wishes, thanks, and support for Detective Constable Michael O’Sullivan who will be running in the London marathon this year to raise money to help continue the work we do.

Michael says: “The comfort and security a visit from The Bobby Van immediately gave to elderly or vulnerable victim was evident and as an investigator it helped to know that your victim was able to start putting their lives back together after a traumatic experience.”

If you would like to sponsor Michael please visit his fundraising page:

The Bobby Van Team will be 100% behind him on Sunday, wishing him well and hugely grateful for his efforts to help the elderly and vulnerable of Wiltshire.