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Minutes Of Grantham & District Assoc. AGM 14th Oct. 2013

25/10/2013

Grantham & District NHW Association

AGM Minutes of Meeting

Monday 14th October 2013

7.00 pm

Present

Helen Bill (Chair), Ruth Freeman (Secretary) & 15 others

Welcome

Chair Helen Bill welcomed and thanked everyone for attending particularly

Guest speakers PCSO Stuart McBride and Community Safety Officer

Sandy Kavanagh.

Apologies

County Chair Dennis Browne, Cllr. Bob Adams, CRO Sally Picker, David

Sissons, Mike Cowan, Mike Hines, Arthur Marshall, Karen Salter, Cilla &

Brian Bothamley.

Minutes of last AGM

Mrs Bill advised that the Minutes had been sent out via email but they were

available for anyone to look at and copies could be sent out on request.

Minutes were approved.

Chairs Report

Good progress is being made with Junior Eyes, a Community project aimed at

7 – 11 year olds. The intention is to produce an information booklet in

conjunction with a website.

There has been positive feedbacks following visits into Primary schools, a

local survey carried out and approaching various agencies. Senior officers,

Lincs Police HQ approve and are keen to use the booklet on Child Safety

Days. Met with Alan Hardwick PCC – project endorsed – have applied for

funding through Community & Volunteering Fund scheme.

Graphic/Design dept. at Kings school keen to assist. Web designer sought on a

voluntary basis.

Much as the Association would like to do more in the Community overall it's

been a quiet year as we have an extremely small Committee.

Chair Helen Bill thanked everyone for their loyal support.

Treasurers Report

Ruth Freeman, Secretary read out the Treasurers report as at present there is no

Treasurer.

Election of Officers

POSITION              NAME                 1st                                            2nd

Chair                      Helen Bill             Ray Wootton         Sandra Watson

Secretary               Ruth Freeman      Brian Edwards      Sandra Watson

Treasurer               Sandra Watson    Helen Bill              Brian Edwards

Guest Speaker – PCSO Stuart McBride

Stuart addressed the meeting. The Community Justice Panel is a relatively new

initiative which has been very successful in both Somerset & Sheffield. The

Panel is for victims and first time offenders to get together in a safe

environment with a small panel and try to find a resolution to the incident that

has taken place. To date there have been 14 panels sitting with 17 offenders of

which none have re-offended. The Justice metered out is from an apology to

some form of community service. The option is only available to first time

offenders but they can be of any age. Training is given to the panel members.

There have been no negative comments from the Justices or Magistrates.

Guest Speaker – Sandy Kavanagh Community Safety Officer (SKDC)

Sandy works for SKDC and deals with Anti Social Behaviour, leading a team

of 3 civilian Anti Social Behaviour officers 1 of which is a housing officer.

2 job sharing Police officers give additional support.

The Crime & Disorder Act was passed in 1998 granting local authorities

more responsibilities with regards to strategies for reducing crime and

disorder including Anti Social Behaviour.

How complaints are dealt with has changed certainly over the last few years

and complaints are now victim led. Once an incident has been reported the

victim is risk assessed first to ensure their safety and if they are at high risk an

action plan is immediately implemented. Monthly meetings are held to discuss

any reports and appropriate action taken.

Sandy said it is worthwhile to look at the Anti Social Behaviour section

within the Lincolnshire County Council website. www.southkesteven.gov.uk

especially the 'Interactive Graffiti Wall'

Any Other Business

Helen Bill advised that there were leaflets at the back of the Hall in relation to

Halloween.

Meeting closed at 8.00 pm

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