Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire, Sir Clive Loader, met with residents, staff and volunteers at Barwell Community House this week to learn about the work being done to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.
At the Community House, operated by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, he talked to a number of local people who told him about the problems they faced in the village and how the projects and activities aimed at young people and residents were helping to encourage a sense of pride back into Barwell.
Sir Clive then went on to the nearby Jubilee Centre, also run by the Borough Council, where the Youth and Mini Youth Cafés take place,engaging those from the age of five to 25 in activities and community projects.Here he met parents and children enjoying the facilities, as well as staff from IMPACT and local Street Pastors.
The IMPACT Project is part of Leicestershire Youth Offending Service. It aims to engage with those young people on the streets that are causing concern for local residents and who are vulnerable to becoming involved in criminal or anti-social behaviour, taking action to keep them out of future trouble.
Sir Clive said:
“Barwell Community House and the Youth Café provide a vital service to local residents, giving them direct access to public services and running groups and events which engage local people of all ages.
“It is having a positive effect on the rates of anti-social behaviour locally and, although there is more to be done, and I was really pleased to hear of the difference that the two projects have made to the lives of those who use them and the wider community”.
Cllr Stuart Bray, Leader of the Borough Council, said:
"This has been a great opportunity for ordinary people in Barwell to have their say direct to the Police and Crime Commissioner about the many good things happening in the community, where they lead and support all the public agencies working together."
Sir Clive was also asking those he met for feedback on his draft Police and Crime Plan. Members of the public have until 10 March to comment on the draft - a final version will be published at the end of March. A copy of the draft plan can be found here or by calling 0116 229 8980.
Posted on Monday 9th May 2016