Search is on for Forches Street Champions

THE hunt is on for people in Forches to become Street Champions and help to make their community a better place in which to live. On Wednesday a small army of representatives from the agencies running the scheme went door to door across the entire estate,

THE hunt is on for people in Forches to become Street Champions and help to make their community a better place in which to live.

On Wednesday a small army of representatives from the agencies running the scheme went door to door across the entire estate, looking for a few good neighbours willing to help out.

Street Champions are not wardens or police and no one will be asked to patrol the streets. They will simply be people who can listen to their neighbours, keep a caring eye on the community and act as a link to pass along any concerns or issues to the relevant authorities.

This could include anything from parking problems or dog fouling, to littering, graffiti or anything else that is of concern or an issue for people in the neighbourhood.


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The organisations working together to promote the scheme include Forches Community Association, the fire service, the police, Safer North Devon plus local councillors and North Devon Homes.

Anyone who volunteers to become a street champion can put as much or as little time into it as they wish and there are no targets or expectations to meet.

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"This is to be achieved through volunteers who are willing to act as a point of contact for local residents to resolve a whole host of community issues, ranging from environmental and safety issues, to working to support vulnerable and elderly residents," explained PC Andy Wills, neighbourhood beat manager for Forches.

Amanda Palmer of Safer North Devon, said it was an informal process where the volunteer street champions would act as a liaison and focus for their neighbourhood.

To find out about becoming a street champion, contact Forches Community Association on (01271) 372396, Nick Litherland at North Devon Homes on 312500 or PCSO Danny Rolfe at the Forches Community Office.

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