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Finalists honoured at fourteenth Blaby District Outstanding Achievement Award

Once again the Marriott Hotel in Enderby hosted a celebration of individuals and groups from the District of Blaby, who were recognised for their selfless work within their communities.

The eight finalists and their families joined special guests and sponsors on Thursday 05 October to enjoy the evening, as unsung heroes of Blaby District were honoured.

BBC East Midlands Today’s Maurice Flynn hosted the ceremony.

Finalists included Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme, which only launched in 2016. Volunteers help older people in the village with everyday tasks, enabling them to be more independent. Their fantastic work saw the group receive NINE nominations.

Maurice Flynn
BBC EMT Presenter Maurice Flynn hosted the awards ceremony

In the Good Friend/Good Neighbour category, Glenfield-based David Whotton took the award for his fantastic work in ensuring his road, Farmers Close is a tight-knit community.

Christine Whittingham was crowned as Category B’s Volunteer of the Year. She has contributed over 10 years of volunteering to Home-Start Blaby District, which offers support, friendship and practical help to families in the local area.

Young Achiever of the Year Molly Lambert grew her hair for a year and donated the proceeds, and the hair, to the Little Princess Trust. Molly is also active at her college and within the Diabetes Choir as well as a champion of LGBT awareness.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said:

Cllr Terry Richardson
Cllr.Richardson

“This is the fourteenth consecutive year we have held the awards, where we take the opportunity to shine the spotlight on those individuals or groups who have enhanced people’s lives.

“What makes this event so unique is that it is fellow residents who take the time and trouble to submit nominations frequently, without the knowledge of those who they have nominated.

“Whilst we do select a winner and runner up in each category, every person or group nominated are, in my view, winners. This year’s finalists are just a reflection of some of the thousands of selfless volunteers and groups who make the District of Blaby such a great place to live.

“I want to congratulate all the finalists and to personally thank our sponsors who make this event possible.”

The awards are funded entirely through the generous sponsorship county-based businesses: Main sponsors Davidsons Homes along with category sponsors Fosse, Marriott Leicester, Ford and Slater and Westleigh Partnerships.

Full list of winners and runners up:


Good Friend/Good Neighbour
Winner: David Whotton (Glenfield), Runner-up: Angela Corby (Narborough)
Volunteer of the Year
Winner: Christine Whittingham (Braunstone Town), Runner-up: Dave Taylor (Blaby)Young Achiever of Year
Winner: Molly Lambert (Countesthorpe College), Runner-up: Chloe Lake (Braunstone Town)Best Community Group/Community Achievement
Winner: Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme, Runner Up: CC Buzz (district-wide, based in Countesthorpe)

For more information on all of the finalists visit the Blaby District Council website page “Achievement Awards 2017“, or email
public.relations@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7577.

Young ideas on PCC’s Five “Vs”

Organising police station open days and using Leicestershire’s universities to get voluntary support were among suggestions made by young people to the County’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Lord Willy Bach last week.

Members of Leicestershire’s Youth Commission were invited to meet the PCC to tell him how they think he can meet the five priorities he has set in his Police and Crime Plan 2017 – 2021 which was launched in March.

The event saw a range of interesting ideas put forward to feed into the PCC’s five key strands of opportunity that he has labelled “the five Vs” – Viable Partnerships, Visible Policing, Victim Services, Vulnerability Protection and Value for Money.

Better use of free resources such as social media sites was one of the ideas that came up during the Value for Money discussion and recruiting Community Volunteers was put forward as a way of helping protect the vulnerable.

The police station open days idea was put forward during the discussion about Visible Policing and the use of awareness-raising videos, specifically in relation to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) came up under Victim Services.

Commenting on the event, Lord Bach said:

“I welcome discussion around ways in which everyone in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can work together to reduce crime and reassure people and the members of the Youth Commission had some excellent ideas.

“We will be looking at the notes taken during the session and seeing how we might develop some of the suggestions made.”

Leicestershire Youth Commission allows young people between the ages of 14 and 25 to support and challenge the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Leicestershire Police.

It enables young people to become a part of the solution, rather than being seen as part of the problem.

[Source / photo.: Office of the P.C.C.]

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Wanted: young people to join Youth Commission on Police & Crime

pcc-willy-bachThe search is on for 30-40 young people living in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland to join the County’s Youth Commission to advise on police and crime issues affecting young people.

Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach says the role helps to shape the way in which policing is delivered, breaking down some of the traditional barriers between the police and young people to help make the relationship one of trust and partnership.

He said

“Young people are a huge part of our community, it’s really important that we listen to their views. Their feedback helps us to understand – and act upon – the things that impact on the relationship between the police and younger members of our community.”

Speaking at the start of Youth Awareness Week, the Commissioner continued:

“We are urging young people aged 14-25, including those who may have direct experience of the police and justice system to apply.

“We want to ensure that the Youth Commission reflects the diversity of the local population as they will be ambassadors to other young people, giving them a voice that will help make a difference to policing and crime where they live.”

Established in 2013, the Youth Commission has undertaken various projects including the ‘Big Conversation’, which saw consultation with more than 1800 young people.

This identified several areas for the Commission’s focus, including knife crime, drug crime and antisocial behaviour.

The Commission was called upon to talk to young people in Countesthorpe earlier this year, following a spike in reports of antisocial behaviour. Their findings have been an important element in seeking a solution.

Explaining a little more about the role Willy Bach said:

“It’s important that we continue to communicate effectively with young people, so that we deliver services in a way that is appropriate for them while reducing crime and antisocial behaviour, to keep everyone in our communities safer.”

He added:

“Being part of the Youth Commission is a two-way street, bringing advantages and benefit to members as well as to policing and our communities. Members will, for example, meet new people, learn from new experiences and gain new skills such as in social research which they will be able to include in their CVs and applications for further or higher education.”

Members will, during 2017, be involved in a raft of activities that include taking part in Youth Commission sessions and working on special topics such as stop and search, tackling anti-social behaviour, and preventing and tackling cyber and drug crime.

They will also be tasked with carrying out research with other young people in schools, colleges, universities and youth groups as well as working in a team to design and plan events to engage with other young people. There will also be opportunities to get involved in community policing events.

The recruitment campaign coincides with Youth Takeover Day 2016, which encourages young people to get involved in decision-making positions and encourages organisations and businesses to hear their views.

Closing date for applications is Friday 25 November, with interviews then held in various locations.

Successful applicants will be informed by Friday 16 December. Unsuccessful applicants will also be informed at this time, and invited to join in as part of the wider research group.

Anyone interested in joining the Youth Commission should visit the website http://www.leics.pcc.police.uk/Take-Part/Youth-Commission/Recruiting-for-2016-2017.aspx