National Volunteers Week
This week is National Volunteers week. Our volunteers contribute massively to making local communities safer. The work to reach 1000 volunteers, be they Specials, Police Volunteers, Cadets and those who commit to Neighbourhood Watch and Street Pastor roles, is ongoing with some vigour. I was pleased to be able to speak about the role of volunteers, and Specials in particular, during a Thought for the Day on Radio Leicester last week. Listen now.
Most of you will know that sport means a lot to me, but it also offers great opportunities to us as a diversionary activity for those who may become offenders. I was pleased to bump into friends from the Leicester Riders during the week. They shared some fascinating information with me about the past season. This included their results, which were outstanding. They have sold out their last 16 games and won 78% of their matches. Beyond that I think there is much that we can take from their success. Every month 26,415 unique users look at their online offering.
Their commitment to the Shoot 2 the Future work in anti-social hot spot areas has been huge. They have run 36 basketball sessions a week and engaged 110 schools in their diversionary programmes. Overall 23,081 members of the local community have been engaged through The Riders. For us there are some lessons here about what can be achieved online and how we can work with local sports clubs to ensure diversion before offending. That getting upstream of demand is so important to us going forwards. It is great to have The Riders on board with us. For further information contact the Press Team at The Riders.
I spoke to a colleague last week who has recently gone through the dreaded “Big C”. Early last year Sean McOwen was diagnosed with cancer and subsequently had to go through a heavy dose of chemotherapy, and trialling a drug which enabled him to work throughout his treatment. He’s made a complete recovery and has recently been given the 9 month all clear continuing through remission.
As a ‘thank you’ Sean is going to be working within the Chemo Suite at Osborne Building Leicester Royal Infirmary giving out tea/coffee and sandwiches to the patient’s within the suite (basically the Tea Trolley operative!) he’s also offered his services to the suite to listen and offer advice to others going through what he has been through, all on a voluntary basis. It is great to see such a positive attitude in the face of bad news.