How police have supported ground-breaking community partnership
A ground-breaking partnership between police, charities and community groups is making a real difference to people’s lives in a Nottingham community.
The St Ann’s Collaborative brings together community leaders to discuss issues like youth engagement, providing places for people to meet for company and hot meals as well as crime concerns.
Organisers say the support of neighbourhood police has been vital in the successful launch of the group, which could now be rolled out to other areas of the city.
Jerome Edwards, from the Matthew 25:40 charity, who founded the collaborative, said the support of Nottingham South neighbourhood policing inspector Karl Thomas has helped to get the project off the ground.
“The police involvement has given us authority and credibility,” Jerome said. “But Karl’s positive and personable approach has been equally important.
“The charity aims to focus on bringing people together and the collaborative has developed from that ethos. It is great to hear it could be rolled out to other areas of the city.”
Members of the collaborative, which has been running for about a year, gathered at the St Ann with Emmanuel Church, in Robin Hood Chase, for their latest quarterly meeting recently.
The meeting heard how Jerome was using Instagram to encourage young people to meet and play basketball, and how plans are developing to create a social supermarket in St Ann’s.
There were also discussions about how crime priorities were being tackled in the community and how young people had suggested more knife amnesties.
The collaborative supports vulnerable people from all backgrounds and has been supported by a community consultation.
Inspector Thomas said: “What Jerome has done, to bring together church leaders, police, charities and other groups is truly ground-breaking.
“What I particularly like about the collaborative is that it’s not just rhetoric. These meetings really achieve things. They allow groups to work together, with shared calendars so we are working in collaboration and not in competition with each other or in silence.
“The consultation has allowed us to listen to the community’s needs and target resources appropriately.
“It is a great template for others to follow in different areas of the city. There are already plans to roll it out in the city north and it could become an example of good practice for other areas as well.”
Nottinghamshire Police is focusing on the work carried out by officers in the community this week as part of neighbourhood policing week of action, which runs from 23-29 January 2023.