New Bobby!

At last –   we are back to full strength!  Andy Cleathero has now joined our small team.

Andy has replaced Jeff as our new Security Advisor.  He will be working in the north of the county – Peterborough, Fenland and Huntingdonshire.  Andy, who previously worked at HMP Peterborough, brings with him many relevant skills and in his past life worked for Fairline Boats as a carpenter/boatbuilder.

We are delighted to welcome Andy to our small, select team and hope that he finds the job as satisfying and rewarding as we all do. 

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Apologies!

Apologies to everyone who is waiting for a visit from the Bobby Scheme. Unfortunately now that Jeff has moved on, we only have one Security Advisor, Steve.  Steve has been on holiday for the last two weeks and when he comes back on Monday he will have to cover the whole county until Andy, our new member of staff, starts on September 19th.   This does mean that there will inevitably be some delay in the visiting times.  We have always prided ourselves on getting to see victims of crime within 48 hours in most cases as we know how traumatic the impact of the crime has upon victims.

We can’t apologise enough for any inconvenience we have caused because of the delay but do hope that you all understand and appreciate the difficulties we are experiencing!  Normal service will resume in a few weeks time – I promise!

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A sad day!

It’s a sad day for Susan, Steve and myself and for the charity – Jeff is moving on and it’s his last day today!

Jeff has been with us for three and a half years and has been an extremely valuable member of the team.  He has visited and helped so many vulnerable victims of crime and those who feel at risk and I know I speak on behalf of all those he has helped, he has made a tremendous positive  difference to their lives, helping them to feel safer, more reassured and given them peace of mind.

Jeff will be missed not only by the three of us, but also by all the staff from the many agencies he has worked with – there are too many to name!

Jeff has been an incredible member of the team, very dedicated and committed to his work. But he has also been a fantastic friend who will do anything for anyone. Susan and I will miss him coming into the office every morning and making us coffee!! More importantly though, we will miss HIM!

Jeff, we wish you every happiness and success in your new ventures – we know you will succeed at anything you do. We ask only one thing – you MUST  pop in to see us whenever you get the opportunity!  And we will make the coffee!!!

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Friday feedback

August is always a difficult month – the criminals never take holidays it seems but we do.  It means that we only have one Security Advisor covering the whole of the county during August.  This isn’t ideal as we are unable to get to see victims as quickly as we would like to.   Please do accept our sincere apologies for this!

But we still receive good feedback and the following is some that we have had this month:

” A brief but sincere thank you for arranging for Mr Price to visit my home to make it so very secure.  I am now so much more settled and happy”

“Since the crime I have felt quite vulnerable. So having extra security fitted has made me feel much safer, so much appreciated. Thank you”

” I live on my own and I am most impressed by the whole experience”

” You pointed out areas of vulnerabilities and fitted various devices, all of which put us in a better frame of mind. We both feel much more at peace of mind”

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Bobby Scheme bags funding!

We are delighted to announce we have bagged £2000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants – raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed that the Bobby Scheme has been awarded £2000.

Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

The grant will help the scheme fit key safes at the homes of vulnerable, elderly and disabled people to allow them to remain in their own home. The key safe will allow carers to access the home and for hospitals to discharge patients quickly to stop bed blocking. Many older people are unable to purchase and have fitted a key safe and often leave their external doors unlocked, even at night! This leaves them very vulnerable and potential victims of crime. Fitting a key safe will improve the health, quality of life and safety of vulnerable adults and help them to remain independent.

“This is fantastic news. We are delighted to have received funding from Tesco’s Bag of Help initiative. It will really make a difference in our local community and help us support those who are most vulnerable”

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from our customers. The great thing about Bags of Help is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout May and June with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £33 million across more than 6,300 local projects.

Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Bags of Help criteria have recently been extended to include any project that benefits the community. Previously the scheme funded outdoor projects only.

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to fund thousands of projects across the UK.  We want to ensure that the money raised benefits as many local people in as many different places as possible so we’ve extended the range of groups and projects that we can support.

“The scale and variety of activities supported by Bags of Helps shows what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to make change happen in their local area.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit http://www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

 

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Summer holidays are here!

Schools are breaking up and holidays begin.  It’s an exciting time of year, but …….. you don’t want your holiday spoilt by returning to find your home has been broken into.  Most burglaries occur when there is nobody at home so please do think about your security before you leave for your well earned holiday – much of it is common sense:

  • have you cancelled your newspapers and milk?
  • have you a neighbour who will look after your home while away – pop in to draw your curtains at night, take in any mail, leave a car on the driveway – anything to make your house look occupied?
  • have you locked all your tools away in the garage or shed?
  • have you checked all door and windows are locked?
  • have you considered using timer switches?
  • have you removed valuables from view?
  • have you considered what information you should put on social media and not mentioned you are going away?

Simple things but could make the difference between having an enjoyable time away or not!

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Loving the sport!

If you love sport then there is much to look forward to over the next few weeks – tennis finals [ I’m still watching Federer!],  Grand Prix, Test cricket, the World Para athletic championships and the Open golf. What a choice!  But I will repeat what I said last week – don’t get so immersed  watching your favourite sport and forget to secure your home – it’s easily done and to think “it will never happen to me”.  Only last week burglars entered the home via a side door and stole mobile phones and handbag from the kitchen table while the homeowners were in the next room.  Being a victim can happen to anyone!

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