TIM DREW: Task force honoured at town hall reception

On what was a red-letter day in its short history, the West Downs Neighbourhood Watch Task Force was honoured last Thursday evening at a reception held by the mayor and mayoress of Adur and Worthing at Worthing Town Hall in acknowledgement of the work that the task force has been doing to help the council and the community.

Tim Drew
Tim Drew

Since June 2015 the task force has covered 112 events, of which 56 took place in 2017 alone with an average turnout of nine members per event, much of this being repeat business – which goes to show that the task force is considered a valuable resource and that its reputation is spreading.

Events attended in Worthing have included the Rotary Carnival, the Tide of Light Festival, the Children’s Parade and the Night to Remember midnight walk in aid of St Barnabas House hospice, and we have also provided stewarding services at Worthing FC in Woodside Road.

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This year the task force has been booked to attend events from Eastbourne in the east to Selsey in the west, with plenty in between.

Meanwhile, the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund continues to help keep Sussex safe with 14 more organisations recently awarded funding totalling more than £68,000. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for groups which provide a positive and lasting impact on the community.

In the latest round of funding, a number of schemes which focus on young people and ex-offenders received support, including Re-link, a one-to-one mentored literacy programme which supports the rehabilitation of ex-offenders, run by The Bridge Community Education Centre in Moulsecoomb. Since launching the Safer in Sussex funding scheme in December 2013, the PCC has allocated more than £1.3million to support more than 250 crime reduction and community safety initiatives in the county.

Applications for funding are accepted three times a year, with the current window closing on February 9.

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