Neigh­bour­hood cham­pi­ons to start work

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

PETTY nui­sances in Peter­bor­ough will be cleared up by a team of 10 newly qual­i­fied “Neigh­bour­hood Cham­pi­ons”.

Peo­ple who need ad­vice in deal­ing with anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in their com­mu­ni­ties have been urged to con­tact the Peter­bor­ough Neigh­bour­hood Cham­pi­ons, who are ready to pro­vide sup­port fol­low­ing com­ple­tion of a train­ing pro­gramme.

The group was formed in April 2011 with sup­port from the Safer­peter­bor­ough part­ner­ship.

The group spent the last 12 months rais­ing funds, re­cruit­ing vol­un­teers and putting them through a train­ing regime so they are now ready to be­gin sup­port­ing res­i­dents.

Ten vol­un­teers will work in pairs across the city to sup­port peo­ple with con­cerns about crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

The group aims to help re­duce of­fend­ing, anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and hate crime.

The vol­un­teers will be tasked with re­duc­ing the fear of crime and em­pow­er­ing com­mu­ni­ties to make a dif­fer­ence and cam­paign for pos­i­tive change where they live.

Kevin Bell, chair­man of Peter­bor­ough Neigh­bour­hood Cham­pi­ons, said: “It has taken a year of hard work to get to this point but I am pleased we are now ready to start help­ing the peo­ple of Peter­bor­ough.

“Our vol­un­teers can of­fer a range of sup­port ser­vices in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion and con­tact de­tails of part­ner sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“We can also re­port is­sues on be­half of res­i­dents and en­sure progress is made af­ter an in­ci­dent of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour is re­ported.”

Gary Goose, com­mu­nity safety strat­egy man­ager for the Safer­peter­bor­ough part­ner­ship, said: “Neigh­bour­hood Cham­pi­ons are an as­set to our com­mu­ni­ties and will in­stall ex­tra con­fi­dence in our res­i­dents when it comes to re­port­ing crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and ac­cess­ing crim­i­nal jus­tice ser­vices.”

To con­tact them, call Kevin Bell on 07920 485368 or email kev­in­bell5343@live.co.uk.

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