Community Updates

October 2018

Vennture "Leominster Ambassadors"

Vennture, the Herefordshire charity, whose volunteers this year received The Queens Award for Voluntary Service, are launching an exciting volunteering opportunity in Leominster. They have been working with Leominster Town Council and have secured Police and Crime Commissioner funding to develop a daytime ‘Ambassador Presence’ in Leominster.  
The Leominster Ambassadors will be a ‘calm, reassuring presence’ in the Town - enhancing perceptions of Leominster as a ‘Safe, Welcoming and Caring Place’. Ambassadors – young and old will work in small teams providing support to lone working shop keepers, shoppers, visitors and tourists. 
The volunteer Ambassadors will have a distinct red uniform, friendly positive demeanor and be confident in helping anyone who is vulnerable safely. The teams will be connected to CCTV via the retail radio system and will be able to respond to anyone requiring help. They will be catalysts in bringing people together – retailers and shoppers, local people and tourists, churched and unchurches, capable and vulnerable, old and young.
Volunteers - including local sixth formers, will learn how to help specific groups of vulnerable people: children, the elderly, dementia sufferers, and those with learning difficulties. They will learn the history of the Town and be trained to share their knowledge and insights with visitors and tourists and in warmer weather they will deliver pop-up history events. They will be trained in Street Craft, Street Triage, and Working with CCTV and Emergency Services.
Sue Jones, from Vennture says: ‘This is a great opportunity for people to learn how to help people practically and safely.  All our volunteers enjoy working together in a team and getting to know local people in the shops and on the streets. The training is high quality and good fun. There is a real buzz in knowing you have made a difference in someone’s day.’ 
Initially, Vennture are looking to train a core of 36 volunteers – though there is no limit on the numbers. Volunteers will all be recruited through a ‘Safer Recruitment’ process – including completing an enhanced DBS check. If you are interested in volunteering please visit www.vennture.org.uk or call in at The Town Hall to obtain an application form.

 

Police Surgery Events
The Leominster Police Safer Neighbourhood Team holds open surgeries at 11 Corn Square every Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am. There will always be an intention for a member of the local SNT to attend and support these events. However due to the nature of policing, attendance by an officer is not always guaranteed

Events for 2019
We are currently compiling next year’s Leominster Events Calendar, so if you have an event planned for Leominster in 2019, then please send details to:
events@leominstertowncouncil.gov.uk

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