Police, Council and volunteer groups come together to find common ground

Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Watch (NottsWatch®) held its annual conference in Sutton in Ashfield on 6th July 2019. 

The free to attend Common Ground Conference was a collaboration between NottsWatch, Nottinghamshire Police, Nottinghamshire County Council and Community Organising Notts.  The event was funded by Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and sponsored by VISAV Limited, the company behind the NottsAlert.co.uk system.

The Keynote Speakers supporting the conference were Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, Deputy Chief Constable of Notts Police, Rachel Barber, CEO of Community Organising Ltd , Nick Gardham, and Founder and Director of Himmah and member of Nottingham Citizen, Sajid Mahmood.

Chair of NottsWatch, Sue Sambells said “I believe our key note speakers demonstrated at our conference, in their presentations and collaborative answers during the delegate Q&A session, the common ground that we all share to be committed to making Nottinghamshire a great place to live. I am proud to be able to lead NottsWatch, supported by my team, to be a significant piece of the jigsaw puzzle needed to achieve our aims”.

In addition to representatives from organisations which included Notts Victim Care and Trading Standards, Mike Douglas, NottsWatch Trustee presented the results from the Listening Campaign survey.  The survey was distributed on the www.NottsAlert.co.uk Police/Neighbourhood Watch communication system in May this year and 2,336 people completed it.

Mike Douglas said, “The results identified many frustrations that are well known to the attending partners, along with some insightful feedback regarding current issues and areas that Nottinghamshire citizens would like to see addressed.”

During the conference, DCC Barber, on behalf of NottsWatch, presented framed certificates to nine delegates who had been nominated by Nottinghamshire residents for services to the community.  Additionally, Kate Loewenthal, Sheila Fletcher and Chris Brummitt were given Active Citizens Awards.

Kate Loewenthal, nominated by Virginia Rochester, received recognition for working hard on behalf of the local residents of Lenton, particularly those who are elderly, ill or for whom English is not their first language to help them tackle issues in their area. She was the inspiration and the impetus in 2016 for setting up a local residents’ association which has brought the community together and this year she has taken on the organisation of the Lenton Fun Day.

Paul Macey, Vice Chair of NottsWatch said “the NottsWatch team are all volunteers with no expertise in putting on conferences.  We are delighted with how the day went and with all of the positive feedback we have received.  Many who attended were keen to do more for a better community spirit and quality of life, which was exactly the outcome we wanted.  I’d like to thank all of the representatives of the various authorities who took the time to attend and made an invaluable contribution.”

See the NottsWatch website for more detail.  https://www.nottswatch.co.uk/about/conferences/common-ground-2019

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