Appeal for groups to run activities for youngsters to prevent antisocial behaviour
PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 March 2019
Police in Nailsea have teamed up with a number of businesses and community groups to run activities for youngsters over the summer.
Last summer the Nailsea neighbourhood beat team ran taster sessions in Millennium Park every Friday to try to prevent antisocial behaviour in the area.
The scheme was started after an increase in underage drinking, drug-taking and criminal damage in Millennium Park, Golden Valley and Nowhere Woods in 2017.
The taster sessions led to a huge drop in antisocial behaviour and officers are looking for more organisations and volunteers to help with the Ngage Nailsea programme this year.
Police will be running the reward scheme again this year which enabled youngsters to receive a stamp for joining a new club or doing something to benefit the community.
Sergeant Mark Raby said: “The Nailsea Ngage Team is planning, with the help of the community, to put together 12 evening events over the summer to encourage young and old to join in and show what the town has to offer – along with the football cage and the community contact vehicle.
“A big thank you to Nailsea’s @The Gym who have already signed up to help by delivering a few events over the summer.
“We are looking for more organisations or clubs to offer their services over the summer.
“This year Nailsea Freemasons are sponsoring the Nailsea Reward Scheme where the youth can obtain stamps in return for joining in an event or doing a good deed.
“At the end of the season they will receive a voucher if they complete a card.
“The team are conscious about antisocial behaviour and graffiti across the town and parks so are looking for parents, guardians and volunteers who are willing to help come together to improve Nailsea through community projects.”
Christian Surfers, Waitrose, Tesco, Nailsea Town Council, Nailsea and Backwell secondary schools, Weston Town Centre Partnership and @The Gym have already pledged their support.
Any organisations or parents keen to help with the scheme can contact the neighbourhood team on 101.
The team is holding an open meeting at Number 65 High Street on Thursday at 7.30pm to discuss the project.