Peterborough Predators score a winner!!

I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about the Stuart Allen Memorial Shield ice hockey match held on June 18th between the Peterborough Predators and MK Rumble – an annual match to remember Stuart who tragically died in a car crash on his way back from an ice hockey match at Milton Keynes.  This year the proceeds from the match were being donated to the Bobby Scheme.

Well, I went to the ice ring at Bretton two weeks ago to collect the cheque from Richard Allen and I  was delighted to receive a cheque for £1,127.26

The memorial match is a very special event and its success every year is a testament to how highly regarded people think of Stuart and his family.  We can’t thank everyone involved in raising this incredible amount highly enough for choosing us as their charity this year. We were delighted and honoured to be linked to such a memorable event.stuart-allen-cheque

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Feedback Friday

This is my second consecutive Feedback Friday but I am not going to apologise!

I feel really proud when we receive letters thanking us for our work and commenting on the service provided by Susan, Jeff and Steve.  This letter arrived in our post this week:

My two brothers and I would like to thank the Bobby Scheme for the recent visit by Jeff. he was kind, helpful and very good with our 94 year old father and the service he provided deserves commendation.  The visit followed a number of unwanted calls and subsequent action by the Cambridgeshire Police to prevent the harassment of a vulnerable person living on his own.  Jeff’s security check, active security improvements and reassurance was just what was needed.  Thank you for this excellent service”

Now you can see why I am so proud of my team!!

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Feedback Friday

We fit a wide range of high quality and appropriate security devices to help people feel safer in their own homes again.  Although we don’t fit anything electrical we will provide advice on crime prevention and advise on other types of security that may be relevant. We also have further specialist products that are available to be purchased.

We are always looking at ways of improving the levels of security and keep an eye out for new products that come on the market.  If you are aware of any device that may be of interest to us, please do let us know – we are open to new ideas!

“the information and the quality of the equipment that has been put into our house and the information of the types of equipment we can purchase for the property is a credit to your gentleman’s expertise in the field of crime prevention”

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Welcome Visitors

We don’t get many visitors to our Yaxley office, so we were delighted to welcome the Chief Constable Alex Wood and the new Assistant Chief Constable, Nav Malik last Friday afternoon.

It is always great to see officers as it means that they know about us!  I only had a phone call today from one officer who wasn’t sure if we still existed!  We have been around now for 15 years and still going strong!

We have a fantastic working relationship with the Constabulary. They continue to refer victims to us and see us as a very valuable resource in helping and safeguarding members of the community.  They also provide us with a great deal of help and support which we are very grateful for!

We had a very productive meeting with the Chief Constable and Assistant Chief Constable, and I know they went away being very impressed with what we do – visiting and securing nearly 1400 homes last year.

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Partners feedback

We work with many different organisations across the county – we refer to them and they in turn refer people who could benefit from our service to us.

One of these organisations is Age UK.  We have an extremely good working relationship with them. They now run the County Handyperson service that provides wellbeing and home check assessments and key safe installations. They also provide a 7 day emergency service to facilitate discharge from hospital.

Age UK contract the Bobby Scheme to supply and fit many of their key safes – they know we are reliable and will always provide a quality service and an immediate response if required.  We aim to please as Terry, their team leader commented the other day:

“Excellent effort from both lads to install that many for us .

……. I must say you’ve got two very willing lads there… well done all of you.”

If anyone would like more information about the Handyperson service  ring the helpline number 0300 666 9860 or 01480 700205.

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Community Engagement Experience

I am a Police Officer currently undergoing the initial training course to join Cambridgeshire Constabulary. As part of our course we are asked to book a community engagement experience within the areas where we will working to aid our understanding of different support networks that are available to people living and working in our county. I organised my engagement with The Bobby Scheme, and I spent 3 days travelling with Steve as he visited peoples’ houses and assisted with their various concerns and needs in relation to being victims of crime, wanting to prevent themselves from becoming a victim of crime in the future, or supporting vulnerable people who live within our community. Throughout the 3 days I spent with Steve I was able to expand upon my own personal knowledge of the Scheme, and began to understand how I would be able to work with the Scheme and also how to refer people I had concerns about in my future as a PC. I witnessed first-hand the levels of support that can be provided by its representatives like Steve. Together we visited residents where we installed or replaced window alarms and door chains in order to provide a peace of mind for the people we met, as well as offering reassurance by talking through their concerns or worries, and the options that the Scheme can offer to try and resolve those concerns. We also visited homes in support of Age UK, where we installed key safes to help assist carers with access to properties; as well as victims of Domestic Violence where the Scheme provide peace of mind by supporting those people by improving security measures and offering advice about personal and property safety.

Overall I just want to say Thank You to the team at The Bobby Scheme for allowing me to witness first-hand the amazing support you provide and the difference it makes to peoples’ lives.

 

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New Van

We have finally replaced one of our two vans for a new Ford transit Connect. Both Steve and Jeff travel quite a few miles across Cambridgeshire visiting homes and carrying out security checks.  We have been wanting to replace the vans for quite a while but something called funding has always got in the way!  But it was time to bite the bullet as Steve’s van was now nearly 10 years old with over 100,000 mileage on the clock.  Without the vans we can’t provide a service and we would not exist. The vans, therefore have to be totally reliable.

The Constabulary helped us source the new van which arrived on Monday.  We were very grateful for their help. 20160726_130404 Bobby van new july 2016 Yesterday UVL [ United Van Liners] came and fitted the ply lining and racking inside the van and added the signage to the outside.  We were very impressed with their service and as you can see the van looks very smart!

Do keep an eye out for the van as Steve will be driving the van around Cambridge City, South and East Cambridgeshire and St Neots.

We now need to replace Jeff’s van so if anyone knows any company that would like to help us purchase one for him, please do get in touch on 01480 413311.

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