A youth worker based in Blaby and Whetstone has been presented with a police award for outstanding work in the community.
Mr Dave Palmer, who works at Blaby and Whetstone Boys Club, has been awarded a Chief Superintendents Certificate of Service Excellence in recognition of his outstanding service, enthusiasm, tireless attitude and dedication to improving, supporting and raising funds for Blaby and Whetstone Boys Club.
He was presented with his award by Chief Superintendent Chris Thomas at a presentation at Force Headquarters in Enderby on Thursday August 25.
Dave started as a senior member of the club in 1963 as a teenager, where he volunteered to help with the running of it until 1974.
He then took up a post in Fleckney to plan and run a youth club and after 9 years in 1983 moved back to Blaby and Whetstone Boys Club where he fulfilled a childhood dream to run the club, which he continued to do for the next 28 years.
Dave has worked extremely hard to gain funding over the years for various youth projects which have included outings and sporting trips.
Many of these have been arranged for a Friday evening, quite often with limited staff in order to get some of the teenager off the streets.
PC 845 Nick Taylor, the Beat Officer for Blaby who nominated Dave for the award, has worked closely with him over the past six years. He said;
“I cannot emphasise enough how Dave has assisted the beat in tackling anti-social behaviour.
“Dave has been a real team player in tackling youth issues with us and there is no doubt that anti-social behaviour in Whetstone and Blaby has been significantly reduced by his enthusiasm and commitment to youth provision.
“By taking part in various positive activities at the club, some of the main offenders have been deterred from continuing to cause anti-social behaviour. It is a great place for them to meet and the young people who have caused issues in the past now show the police respect.”
Chief Superintendent Chris Thomas said;
“I see a lot of value in Blaby and Whetstone Boys Club and the problems would be much greater without it.
I thank you for your valued contribution to the Blaby Beat Team in supplying intelligence and tackling issues such as anti-social behaviour within the community.”
Brian Cleaver, Chairman of the Boys Club said;
“This award is testimony at the recognition Dave deserves for his work with the young people of Blaby, Whetstone and the wider community over the past 28 years.”
Dave has since moved on to another youth venture in Hinckley, which is a brand new 5.8 million pounds “My Place” project which has been funded by the “My Place” project and Lottery funding, but will remain as a director at Blaby and Whetstone Boys Club.