The BBC recently reported how Happy to Chat benches are tackling loneliness: A simple dog walk has led to a craze that is sweeping the UK and as far afield as Australia and North America. Allison Owen-Jones, 53, watched as an elderly man sat alone on a park bench.

"All of a sudden, people are not invisible anymore," she said and explained for 40 minutes an elderly man sat on a bench in a busy city centre park - alone.

A second year student at the University of Nottingham has created a group chat called WomenWalkingHome to try and ensure girls' safety walking through Lenton.

Flo Fowler, a French and Hispanic studies student, created a Facebook group chat called “WomenWalkingHome”, which provides girls someone to ring if their friends or housemates are unavailable late at night, helping to discourage any perpetrators who would intend to cause them harm.

Mike Horseman, from The Park, has started a project in his local community to create more biodiversity by raising funds for bird boxes and bat boxes as well as creating a hedgehog super highway.

 Mike wrote to his neighbours to explain his project and ask for their support saying,

"I am pleased to advise you that the NPRA have kindly offered to provide £200 in funding towards a number of bird boxes and bat boxes in order to encourage and support The Park’s Biodiversity Project; especially aimed at those species which are clearly struggling to maintain their foothold in The Park Estate and are in general decline.

The Nottingham City Pubwatch scheme, has been awarded the annual National Pubwatch Award for its positive approach to partnership working and its efforts to promote safety in the night time economy.

Representatives from the Nottingham City scheme, together with other finalists, attended a prestigious House of Lords awards dinner last night, where they were presented with the winner’s trophy.
This year the awards event was sponsored by JD Wetherspoon.

Now in its eighth year, the National Pubwatch Awards champion the work of local Pubwatch schemes and their efforts to provide safe drinking environments for customers and staff in licensed premises across the UK.

This is an event at the Nottingham Trent University to bring older and younger people together in conversation, as part of Parliament Week.  The format will be mostly small group conversations with older and young people mixed together.

Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Watch (NottsWatch ®) are holding our AGM at Dunkirk Community Centre, 22 November, starting at 2pm. Further detals can be viewed here.  We currently have vacancies for up to four additional trustees to join our ambitious team. If you are interested in joining us as a trustee, please read details on our website and provide your details via our application form.

Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Watch (NottsWatch ®) invite you to join us for a short AGM followed by a networking opportunity, with refreshments, at Dunkirk Community Centre, 22 November, starting at 2pm.
(Free parking in the community centre’s car park)

Earlier this year, NottsWatch shared stories of some of our community heroes. You can read about our Active Citizen's Awards and my own Notts County Council Chairman's Award on our blog.

Nottinghamshire County Council is looking for new community heroes and heroines and wants to hear from you!

The NottsWatch Trustees plus Comms and Community Teams meet quarterly to review our current projects and check that we are on course to meet our targeted outcomes, agreed with the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner. Additionally, we review our performance using our national team’s Neighbourhood Watch Area Association Self-Assessment Tool.

We recently highlighted the work of Mary Penford in our Ladybrook NHW comes of age post. Mary has since received letters of appreciation from Mansfield MP, Ben Bradley and Nottinghamshire Police.

Ben said, "I just wanted to make sure you know how much you have been valued and appreciated." Mansfield Police have recommended Mary for a Lifetime Achievement Award and invited her to a ceremony later this month to receive this.

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