Progress Housing Group Community Safety Week a success
Published by lpriest for Progress Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities
Estate Caretakers Andy Dunning and Paul Bramhall at Lower Lane community centre skip drop in Freckleton, Lancashire
Around 300 people played a part in Progress Housing Group’s first Community Safety Week across South Ribble and the Fylde Coast in Lancashire which took place in October.
The week kicked off with a prestigious launch event at The Best Western, Leyland Hotel, with a presentation from guest speaker Sarah Ellis, a Barrister who specialises in anti-social behaviour in social housing, who provided an insight into the current issues facing housing associations and their tenants.
Events and activities took place across South Ribble and the Fylde Coast throughout the week, all with the aim of bringing communities together to make them safer places to live.
Residents and community safety partners, such as the local neighbourhood policing teams, attended a whole host of training and briefing sessions to gain an insight into the work Progress Housing Group do to engage with local residents and to combat anti-social behaviour. These interactive sessions included a presentation on the new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour, fire safety in the home with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and a question and answer session with the Housing Group’s Tenancy Enforcement team.
During the week, the Housing Group announced the winners of its Standing Up For Your Community award. The awards recognised residents who had made a difference in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in their communities.
Other events included Liverpool based drama group Altru Drama Ltd, visiting Leyland High Schools Wellfield and Academy@Worden were they performed a series of workshop to year 7 students to help them understand more about the impacts of anti-social behaviour.
The Group’s Tenancy Enforcement team also joined forces with the local policing teams to take part in out of hours walkabouts throughout the week to identify anti-social behaviour, and to visit known perpetrators and victims.
During the week, daily skip drops took place on a number of estates across Lancashire which proved to be a huge success, with many residents taking the opportunity to have a clear out and get rid of unwanted items.
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