L-R Gemma Jennings and Cherry Triston from Remedi, with Commissioner Caroline Henry
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry today praised the outstanding contribution of three community support services which have been honoured for their work saving lives and preventing crime.
Commissioner Henry attended Nottinghamshire Police’s annual awards ceremony earlier this week where she presented her new Making Notts Safe awards recognising the heroic efforts of local charities and community organisations in fighting crime and supporting vulnerable people.
The event, held at Nottinghamshire Police Headquarters, saw Commissioner Henry present three categories of awards: Preventing, Responding and Supporting - reflecting her ambitions to prevent crime, respond effectively to incidents of crime and providing enhanced support to victims of crime and Nottinghamshire’s communities.
Restorative justice charity Remedi was presented with the Prevent Award for its County Lines and Exploitation project which recognised the increasing risk of exploitation facing young people as a result of Covid, working with those at risk or already involved in county lines activities.
The award, accepted by Remedi’s Cherry Triston and Eleanor Crutchley-Macleay, honoured the adaptable and resilient approach taken during Covid and Remedi’s success in supporting young people back into education and reducing their vulnerability.
The Responding Award was presented to Keiren Thompson, Community Ambassador for the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) and founder of Helping Kids Achieve – a Government-funded Community Interest Company delivering outreach sport, arts and crafts, music and dance in the Bulwell, Bestwood and St Ann’s areas.
The award celebrated the team’s tireless efforts to support children and young people at risk of violence through outreach work, particularly in the Bulwell area of Nottingham.
Meanwhile, the Supporting Award was presented to specialist provider JUNO Women’s Aid for delivering critical help and support to survivors of domestic abuse through its 24 hour helpline.
The helpline, co-commissioned by Commissioner Henry, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, not only supports survivors in crisis but also advises professionals including police officers and social care practitioners on how best to help the survivors in their care.
The award, accepted by JUNO Women’s Aid Rebecca Smith, recognised the service’s dedicated staff and volunteers who responded to soaring calls for help during the pandemic.
Commenting after the ceremony, Commissioner Henry said: “These awards provided a welcome opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to people who have gone above and beyond to keep people safe.
“I was particularly pleased to publicly recognise the outstanding work of three of our key partners with my own Awards. All three of these organisations have gone the extra mile to support and safeguard vulnerable people.
“I would also like to congratulate the officers and PCSOs who received an award. They epitomise the calibre, bravery and commitment of the officers, staff and volunteers in Nottinghamshire Police. But I would also like to thank their families and colleagues for their support. This ceremony is also about saying ‘thank you’ to them.”
Posted on Friday 11th March 2022