Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach has hailed a success a safety-themed fun day which brought more than 150 people together in New Parks.
The community fun day was held at Western Fire & Rescue Station in Aikman Avenue, Leicester, to celebrate the launch of the PCC’s new People Zone in New Parks.
People Zones are areas in Leicestershire where local people are being invited to take power and responsibility for localised problems and proactively work with other agencies to prevent the disruption of community life from crime and antisocial behaviour.
During the family fun day, local people were given the chance to gain valuable life skills with CPR (first aid) training with Leicestershire Search and Rescue, take part in road and bike safety workshops and smoothie making and observe emergency services demonstrations including a simulated road traffic collision while virtual reality goggles were available to help promote road safety awareness.
In total, 26 different stallholders were in attendance giving out information on the work or activities they do and how their services can be used by people in New Parks to improve their wellbeing.
Leicester City Football Club’s Kicks programme, Soft Touch Arts and New Parks’ Adventure Playground were well-received by the younger visitors.
Willy Bach said: “What a fantastic way to launch our New People Zone in New Parks! I’m absolutely thrilled so many local people came along to see what it was all about and had a great deal of fun in the process.
“I would like to thank all our partners who supported this event and put on such a colourful, interactive display of their work to entertain the audience.
“There is strong support for People Zones across Leicestershire and this event has shown how important it is for people to feel part of their community and have a say in the way it is maintained. We received lots of valuable feedback on the day and we will be using this information as we move ahead with the project.”
The event, which included a free soup and a roll or hot dog and hot drinks courtesy of the Salvation Army, was attended Leicestershire County Council, Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service, Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire Fire Service Cadets and Deputy Lieutenant David Lindley QPM DL.
Members of the Curtain Call Youth Drama Group from New Parks Methodist Church also performed during the event.
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Posted on Monday 26th November 2018