#MORSE, YSS' safer roads service, has taken on over 30 referrals from across West Mercia since its launch in September. The team, which now comprises five members of staff, has been meeting with local police, Safer Neighbourhood teams and other local organisations to spread the word about #MORSE which operates throughout Herefordshire and Worcester, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

David Andrewartha, Director of Operations and #MORSE lead, said: "We are extremely pleased with the amount of referrals we have received on #MORSE; this is a new and exciting initiative for YSS and promoting the service has been one of our key aims over the past few months. Together with our partners we are working to tackle the root causes of why individuals commit driving offences, whilst preventing further risky behaviours, and as direct consequence making the roads in West Mercia a safer place to drive."

#MORSE is a partnership between West Mercia Police, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service and WWMCRC; it is funded by West Mercia PCC. The aim of the service is to reduce the number of road traffic collisions in West Mercia by providing tailored, one to one support to individuals who have been convicted of a driving offence, or who are likely to be convicted. Offences might include careless driving, dangerous driving and driving whilst under the influence of drink and drugs. 

Individuals are allocated a link worker and receive a range of support aimed at enabling them to overcome their specific life challenges; this may be help to address drug and alcohol use, help finding a job or training course or support around wellbeing and personal relationships. 

For further information about #MORSE please see: https://www.yss.org.uk/morse

To find out about Operation Snap, please go to www.westmercia.police.uk and search for Operation Snap.

#MORSE is supporting National Road Safety Week; for more info about the awareness week, click here: http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/