Since September 2017 WBNWG and WBCSG have been working together to tackle local community concerns. The group meet quarterly at the Conservative Club on Rectory Road in West Bridgford.

Lorraine Salt -Pulford is Chair of both groups and is supported by Judith Brown (Rushcliffe Community Safety Project Officer). The Chair has met up on occasions with Ken Clarke, Rushcliffe MP, to discuss important group issues from the Agenda.  They have regular visits at their meetings both from Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, who update them on crime and fire incidents in West Bridgford.

Following on from our earlier post I have spoken to CEO of Life Skills Education Charity, Peter Moyes. Peter was one of NottsWatch’s speakers at our 2018 Connect 2 Protect Conference. I asked him for an update on the new DARE 25 programme and he told me:

Today the Mayor of Mansfield, former teacher, Andy Abrahams, visited Heatherley Primary School in Mansfield. A Year 6 class were receiving the new DARE 25 programme. DARE officer Gurney and honorary DARE officer Abrahams set out the definition of peer pressure and led children through understanding the risks and consequences of drugs.

Hundreds of people queued up today in a bid to grab a bike completely free of charge at a community cycling workshop in Radford. Around 70 bikes were given away.

The charitable organisation, Nottingham Bikeworks, employs two qualified mechanics and a number of volunteers who refurbish old bicycles which are then sold or given away for free to children across the city.

All Year Six primary school pupils across Notts are to be offered a new education programme addressing risky behaviours associated with knife crime, hate crime, drugs and alcohol. It comes during the Op Sceptre week of action on knife crime, including a knife amnesty.

Shared Lives carers share their home and community life with individuals, ranging from a few hours a week, to long-term live-in arrangements.

Carers support older people, people with dementia, people with disabilities or mental health needs, as well as young people leaving foster care, people moving out of residential care and people with learning disabilities.

Friends Against Scams are thrilled to launch their 'Young Friends' session which has been designed to be delivered to schools and youth groups for children aged 8+.
If you would like to find out more on how to make others #ScamAware contact the team.

The Arnold Association of Neighbourhood Watch Schemes has worked to reward children in Year 5 (10 year olds) in local schools who show great community spirit. Currently, eight of the ten schools in Arnold and Woodthorpe paricipate.

This week Mike Douglas, Product Director for VISAV and trustee of NottsWatch, hosted a meeting to demonstrate the benefits of the communication and engagement tool, www.nottsalert.co.uk to Nottingham North MP, Alex Norris.

Two Muslim-owned businesses in Nottingham signed the Armed Forces Covenant yesterday; pledging to support members of the Armed Forces community and their families.

The Co-op's ethos is entrenched in supporting communities. They regularly report on the  projects they have supported. I am sharing this week's report with our NottsWatch Blog readers as it is a great example of all the community working for the greater good:

Transforming this space has brought new life to our community. What used to be a space filled with anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping, is now a garden which children and residents enjoy spending time in. It’s thanks to the local community coming together than we’ve achieved this, but without the support of companies like Co-op it would have been so much harder.

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