Bravery of ASB Witnesses Recognised by Shaun Moore | Gloucester News Centre - http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/
On Thursday 24th March, Gloucester City Homes (GCH) & Project Solace held a Witness Recognition Event to thank a number of brave Gloucester residents who have stood up to Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) over the past year.
GCH & Project Solace recognise that failure to tackle ASB can substantially blight quality of life and can damage the ability to develop sustainable communities.
The event therefore thanked and recognised the bravery and courage of many key witnesses who played a vital part in taking action against perpetrators, of which many have helped to secure action such as injunctions, prosecutions and evictions.
Guest Speakers included Barrister Iain Wightwick and Mike Cook from Victim Support Gloucestershire, who gave empowering and informative presentations. They explained the impact of ASB, the importance of working together to tackle it and why the bravery of those that take a stand is vital to the success of tackling ASB successfully alongside key partners.
At the event, Anita Pope Director of Housing and Communities for GCH, Chief Inspector Alastair Stenner for Gloucestershire Constabulary and Gill Ragon, Head of Public Protection at Gloucester City Council were delighted to present Recognition Awards to the witnesses.
The event, attended by over 60 people, was a huge success and as well as paying thanks, underlined the importance of working together not only to tackle but to educate and ultimately prevent ASB from occurring within Gloucester’s communities.
Ashley Green, Chief Executive at Gloucester City Homes said: ‘It was a privilege to meet and thank residents who have worked so hard to help make our communities safer places to live over the past year. Without their support and bravery we would not be able to succeed in taking such strong outcomes.’ An anonymous witness commented: ‘I feel really humbled and privileged to have been part of this event. I have been so pleased with how GCH have turned the situation around, all issues have now been resolved and I couldn’t be happier.’
An anonymous witness added “I had no idea that there were so many others in similar shoes to myself. The event and evening has been overwhelming and I really didn’t expect to receive an award. I want to thank the team for their help and will be recommending the service to others, as the feeling you get when it (the ASB) ends is so worth the work.’
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