View Taking A Stand 2003 winners

 

Anti-Social Behaviour

 

Taking A Stand 2003 Awards

The Taking a Stand Awards are all about
recognising those who have tackled anti-social behaviour
in their area. Up to 30 awards of �1,000, plus the top
award of �5,000 are waiting to be won each year, and spent for the
benefit of local communities across England and Wales.

2003 winners

The following winners won awards at the 2003 ceremony, which was the first
year the awards have been held. Click
here for information on the 2004 nominations
.

Residents of Dean St, Mather St and Dalton St,
Failsworth, Oldham

For a number of years the residents of Dean Street were subject to
anti-social behaviour � including people urinating in the street, riding
mopeds on the pavement, smashing bottles and shouting abuse. The residents
referred the problems to the anti-social behaviour team in the local authority,
collected evidence and said they would attend court to give evidence.
Unfortunately, the problems got worse. Property was damaged and the abusive and
threatening language became more frequent. The residents remained determined and
Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) were given to the three ringleaders of the
group.

�Today most of the problems have quietened down� says Samantha. �We
have been busy making environmental improvements, landscaping, planting flowers
and trees. The area has improved and there is not nearly as much litter around.
We have good relations with the police � they have dedicated officers in the
area who will not be taken away for other duties. We are having a fun day soon
when a piece of waste ground which is being improved will be renamed and we are
also going to sponsor an under 7�s football team. �We now have youth workers
out on the street contacting young people. The Taking A Stand Award has made
people aware that there is support out there and things can be done. It�s a
great way of recognising what we and other people throughout the country are
doing.�

Janet Chisholm
Middlewich Clean Team, Middlewich, Cheshire

Middlewich suffers from problems of litter, graffiti, vandalism and general
nuisance. Janet and a number of local residents approached the council to offer
their services to improve the town�s landscape and environment.

�We have made presentations to every school in Middlewich and we have
bought them pencil shaped litter bins. Along with local Brownies and Scouts we
have planted 1000 crocuses and we are working on a wooded area with the kids in
their school grounds. We encourage young people to join in all our activities
and we have our own web site www.middlewich-cleanteam.co.uk.
The Taking A Stand Award has inspired us, it has given us a springboard. The
team have expanded to over 70. We are not just about litter, it is the whole
environment.�

Linda Mitchell
Firearms Awareness Scheme, Roker, Sunderland

Linda�s son was shot in the face by an airgun 2 years ago. She now works
full-time on the scheme and has raised awareness of the dangers of gun misuse.

Linda has spoken to people on the streets of the North East. She encouraged
MPs, media, press and other organisations to take part in a press conference at
the House of Commons. �We have been working on a video with www.missdorothy.com.
It will go to every school in the country warning children about firearms. The
Taking A Stand Award has made a great difference to me personally. It has helped
give recognition that the issue is important and the support I have received is
amazing.�

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Last update:  30 June 2004

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