New Arrival

This is nothing to do with the Bobby Scheme but it’s the only thing I am thinking about at the moment – I am a grandmother for the first time!!!  My daughter had a beautiful baby daughter last night – after a very long, painful labour.  Mother and daughter are doing well.

I am in the office waiting very excitedly for this afternoon when I can visit them both – I can’t wait!

Normal service will resume nest week!!

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Tesco Bags of Help scheme

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags.  [ ]

The Bobby Scheme has been selected to be one of 3 charities in the region to go forward to a vote in Tesco stores where their customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take place from May  7th to June 30th .  The project with the highest number of votes across your region will receive up to £4,000, the second placed project up to £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000.

Our project is to supply and fit key safes for vulnerable adults in the county who are unable to pay for them.  Key safes allow carers to access the home and enable the person to remain in there rather than go into residential care. They also allow hospitals to discharge patients quickly and stop bed blocking. Many older people are unable to purchase and have fitted a keysafe and often leave their external doors unlocked, even at night. This leaves them very vulnerable and potential victims of crime. Fitting a keysafe will improve the health, quality of life and safety of vulnerable adults and help them to remain independent

The stores that are taking part in our project are:






To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.

The voting will start on May 7th .Please do shop in these stores during May/ June and vote for the Bobby Scheme. If you know of anyone else who may shop at Tescos, please do tell them to vote

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Bobby Scheme launches new donation page to raise funds

This week the Bobby Scheme has launched a new donation page in a bid to gain some fundraising support.

Our Crowd Funder page aims to raise awareness of the Bobby Schemes work and our ambition to raise funds whilst providing residents and local businesses with a place to easily make donations.

With more donations, we aim to expand our service and provide support to even more people who may benefit from the Bobby Scheme.

Every day, we proactively contact vulnerable victims of crime from across the county to offer free security equipment and safety advice.

Jeff and Steve, our two Security Advisors, work alongside Cambridgeshire Constabulary and mainly help protect the homes of victims who are elderly, disabled or at risk of domestic violence.

Securing a whole house for free typically costs us £150 and so we’re appealing for support from local residents and businesses to help keep our service going.

With more funds, we hope to secure even more homes to help victims of crime restore peace of mind.

Any contribution, no matter how big or small, really can go a long way in helping us protect the homes that need it the most.

Nobody deserves to feel frightened in their own home and that’s exactly why the scheme is so important; we help people feel safe again.

Since launching in 2001 we have secured the homes of more than 25,000 vulnerable burglary victims throughout the county and are proud to hold a repeat victimisation rate of less than 1%.

Any donation made via our Crowd Funder page will be so gratefully received and those contributing will receive some fantastic prizes as a token of our appreciation. Visit our Crowd Funder page to see what you could get –




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Expectant news!

Easter is now over and summer will soon be upon us – hopefully it will bring some lovely sunny, warm weather as well!  I am also waiting eagerly and excitedly for two deliveries in the next few weeks – my daughter is expecting next week and my daughter-in-law in 5 weeks time! My first grandchildren!  I can’t wait!!

Why am I talking about babies I hear you ask and what have they to do with crime and crime prevention!  I’ve just listened to a feature on the use of social media and how vulnerable children can be to it. It has made me think about my two innocent grandchildren to be and soon to be brought into the world we live in. Raising two children  isn’t going to be easy  – the world can be a cruel and dangerous place to live – bullying, cyber crime, drugs, knife crime, to name but a few!   Fortunately crime in Cambridgeshire is low.  However, children do still need to be careful and taught about crime prevention and how to stay safe. Crime and victimisation will possibly happen around them – and they need to take simple precautions and have the confidence to talk to professionals in order to protect themselves and stay safe.

Working in the field of crime prevention I do have a good understanding of the dangers that exist but also in how to stay safe.  I shall definitely be using this knowledge to play my part in ensuring my grandchildren are kept as safe as possible but still enjoy what life has to offer them!

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Beds Bobby Scheme

There are to my knowledge only 3-4 more Bobby Schemes operating in the country – Bedfordshire being one. Because of our close proximity, we invited their team to visit us to meet each other and share good practice. Martin, their Manager, Janet the Co-ordinator, and Steve and John the two Security Advisors, travelled from their base in Kempston, Bedfordshire last week to our office in Yaxley.  We had a very interesting and useful meeting, sharing what we do best, what products we fit, our referral process, training and funding.  We are very similar in our set up and procedures, both supporting elderly victims of crime and domestic abuse victims.  Their scheme does have a very healthy budget, largely obtained from local businesses supporting their work – food for thought!!

After a good 2 hours discussing our work we finished a very useful and informative session by Martin treating us to lunch at the Farmers pub!  What nice people!!

We are hoping to get together every 6 months or so to continue learning from each other so that we both are able to provide a valuable service to vulnerable people in neighbouring counties!

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Feedback Friday

How can we get message across about our work?

One of our beneficiaries that we visited recently commented that “this scheme should be more widely known about”  The lady thought the service and advice we gave her was excellent and she now felt more confident about living alone.  But she obviously had not heard about us before we visited!

Her comment was valid – we do try but yes do need to make more people who could benefit from our charity aware of our work across the county.   We don’t have a marketing budget and cannot advertise in local newspapers/magazines or use marketing companies to promote our work.  We do however, have an extensive network of other organisations in the county who know what we do and refer to us. We also give talks to interested groups and attend local community events, place articles in local newsletters.   We have even just set up the scheme on Facebook!  But what we rely upon most is, word of mouth – people who we have visited recommending us and telling their friends, relatives, neighbours.

But if you know of a better way of promoting us, please do let us know – we would be very interested to hear from you!

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Hopkins Homes Voting – Result!


We won!

The Bobby Scheme won the Hopkins Homes Cambridgeshire Charity of the Year Vote and the £7000 donation..

Hopkins Homes said we received over 1000 votes and they received over 2,300 votes in total. The Ely Foodbank and the Huntingdon Area Money Advice Scheme came second and third

The official announcement and cheque presentation was held on 8 March 2017 at the Hopkins Homes Showhome at Alconbury Weald. Any announcement was embargoed until then.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us and your acknowledgement of our charity and our work to help vulnerable people in the county. Your belief in our charity and what we do means a great deal to us – we really do value and appreciate your continued support and friendship.

THANK YOU for voting and for spreading the word to all your contacts. The donation will go towards replacing Jeff’s Bobby van which will be a great relief to Jeff, particularly as he has had no heating in the van over the winter months!



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