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.

Pupils in Gedling are helping to take road safety outside schools up a gear with the launch of Nottinghamshire County Council’s third CCTV car. 

Priory Junior School will unveil the newest addition to the fleet which aims to prevent accidents and injury by targeting illegal and dangerous parking. 

The community of Lenton came together on Saturday 28 September for a family funday. There were local charity and craft stalls plus games and a bouncy castle. There was even a Beatfeet Drumming workshop and a Bhangra Dancing Workshop!

This is an annual event that has been running, on and off, for around 30 years and this year was organised by Kate Loewenthal, Chair of Lenton DNRA (Lenton Drives and Neighbours Residents Association). You may recognise Kate’s name as she was one of our recipients of the Active Citizens Awards at our Common Goal Conference held in June. You can read more about Kate here.

Gwen Henderson, Founder of Human Services Group has reported:

Human Services is about filling the gaps in community service provision. Currently I am working on a giving back project with Sue Sambells, NottsWatch and David Jones, Community Organiser with a working title of Match a Mentor. We are keen to hear from people that have skills and time to offer their local community projects by supporting them where they are challenged by skill gaps. We would also like to hear from project leads who have the inspiration and passion but would benefit from an experienced person to guide and provide specific skills.

Yesterday, around 50 representatives from Neighbourhood Watch Associations from different regions within England met with trustees and staff from the Central Support Team at a conference centre in West Bromwich for the NWN AGM. Also contributing were representatives from Co-op and ERA (sponsors), Nottingham Trent University (research) and VISAV (Neighbourhood Alert).

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.

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