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Proposals for NHW with LLR

Alert message sent 10/07/2019 12:51:00

Information sent on behalf of Leicestershire Police

Dear Members

Following the informal 'AGM' on Saturday 29th June discussions have led to the proposals for a radical re-organisation of NHW within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR).

The main issue which was raised is the ineffectual nature of the current structure which relies on the efforts of only four volunteers. Our basic aim has been to provide support for both new and existing schemes. We have tried to recruit new schemes in both the City and County but we can not be everywhere and all things to all groups.  Our IT skills are also limited and consequently it appears that we have achieved very little.

These issues have been discussed with Inspector Mike Cawley and a new plan has been proposed. The current four volunteers will oversee the development of a network of named co-ordinators for each City Ward, County District and Rutland. These co-ordinators could be named as Area Contact Points/People. We have identified, from the AGM attendees, a number of names of people who already represent or co-ordinate an area. However, we also know that there are gaps in our knowledge of the groups out there.

Once we have the agreement of the people who attended the 'AGM' to act as an Area Contact Point, and additional volunteers as a result of this message, we can share a draft copy of the LLR network.

The resulting network will consist of a central contact point in each area who will disseminate NHW information and co-ordinate feedback from the groups in their area. Each group will be responsible for applying for funding for their own activities, via Ward Funding or Borough or Parish grants. Advice will be available from the Area Contact Point on how to do this. Each group can also contact the National NHW direct if they need to.

The four volunteers who currently form the Association Committee will continue to forward to the Area Contact Point any information which the national NHW office send out, until a more direct system can be implemented. It may be possible for a member of the current committee to also continue with maintaining the LLR website and Facebook content, using information forwarded by the Area Contact Point or the other co-ordinators. Information on the website could also be better explained on how to organise a group or  co-ordinate an area; information should also be available concerning signs and stickers etc, which each group may wish to buy for themselves. The website would clearly need to be up to date and more informative than it is currently. This action could be undertaken by the current volunteer committee members, and other support staff with the necessary skills.

The suggested structure will therefore be much simpler and easy to comprehend. New contacts will have a single ACP name to guide them to the relevant group/information or give them support in setting up a new group of their own.

The LLR Association as such will no longer exist. LLR will be run by the Area Contact Points who will share good practice and information to be disseminated down to their relevant co-ordinators and groups.

Please forward any comments regarding these proposals to Anne Coulstock using her email or Liz Cattell using

Thank you
Message sent by
Ali Haq (Leicestershire Police, PCSO, South Leicester)

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