This week I have heard from Lesja who was inspired to become a Scam Marshall following scammers targeting her daughter. She helps keep her friends and neighbours aware of the many scams and also looks after their properties when they go on holiday.

The Woodhouse Park Residents Association recently held an event to support Bilborough foodbank and we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our residents who donated over 600 items and donations are still coming in now. The foodbank is one of our chosen charities that we will continue to support in the local community.

I reported, a fortnight ago, about the collaborative projects the second year Criminology students have taken on to support NottsWatch.This week, it was my turn to sit back and listen to the students present their plans to me, my co trustee, Dick Wilson and their lecturer, Elliot Doornbos and Service Lead, Andrea Lyons-Lewis.

At our recent AGM I spoke of the work that we are doing in collaboration with our universities plus councils. NottsWatch's idea for a Student Watch became a collaborative project that has created a Community Ambassador role. This has been led by Farah Khan, Student Action Officer at Nottingham City Council. She will be hosting an induction for the students who have signed up on Tuesday.

Our newsletter Editor, Jozef Doyle, has issued seasonal newsletters since joining our Comms team in 2018. To view our latest edition, click Autumn Newsletter 

This edition features:

  • Area spotlight: Students of Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University
  • Seasonal Photo Competition (see the winning picture above)
  • Bad weather guidelines
  • Tech & Tea sessions
  • Scam Warning Signs and Tips on how to avoid them
  • Remembrance Sunday vigils across Nottingham
  • New Blog stories including biodiversity in the park

And much more

We are so excited to have a new space to call home.

We officially launched our move into the Basement at 38 Carrington Street, Nottingham, NG2 3AQ on Tuesday 12 November with a Welcome Day.

The afternoon was filled with activities with a recycling theme, including making Happiness Bags – a mini workshop we run at community events – and making Keyrings – one of the activities we do our Tiger Activity Café at Bakersfield Community Centre on Tuesday mornings.

Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Watch, trademarked and known as NottsWatch®, held it’s AGM at Dunkirk Community Centre yesterday. Rather than the usual combined Conference/AGM the team decided to host an ambititious full day Common Ground Conference in the summer and a low key, informal AGM in the autumn. 

Since becoming Chair of NottsWatch in May 2018 I have explored different ways of working with students. Some have, individually, applied to join us for specific roles. We had discussions with both of our universities about student involvement with Tech & Tea. This year University of Nottingham have added NottsWatch to their Ongoing Projects page from Volunteering Opportunities. But the progress we have made with Nottingham Trent University is likely to be more beneficial as they have added our charity to their 2019-20 portfolio for Service Learning.

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.

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