A new community reassurance programme in a Moorlands town has been a big hit with park users from the start. We reported last week that Cheadle Town Council had begun a trial of a Community Reassurance Programme which is aimed at encouraging and supporting users of the Tean Road Recreation Ground and its facilities.
A new community reassurance programme in a Moorlands town has been a big hit with park users from the start.
We reported last week that Cheadle Town Council had begun a trial of a Community Reassurance Programme which is aimed at encouraging and supporting users of the Tean Road Recreation Ground and its facilities.
As well as providing social inclusion amongst the varied groups who use the park, the programme, which began on Monday, July 12, is also aimed at supporting and inspiring community activity for all age groups and abilities.
Cheadle Town Council is initially funding the trial for 15 hours per week over eight weeks, with a view to securing more long term funding should the programme be effective.
Youth Worker Nicky Derrette has been employed by the council to carry out the Community Reassurance Programme and she has been joined by volunteer Annie Devereux.
Cheadle town councillor Kate Martin, who is the chairman of the Parks Committee on the town council, this week told the Times & Echo that their community reassurance programme is going “exactly how I thought it would.”
She further explained: “The first week was about observations and building relationships with users of the park.
“Nicky has informed me that a lot of users travel from as far as Derby as they enjoy the space.
“Users of the park felt it was well kept and also made suggestions such as better toilets and a tea room.
“Our new worker has been able to talk to many dog owners and their suggestions were around a safe area for dogs to be let off eg the old putting green.
“Nicky also confirmed that all dog owners are picking up after their dogs.”
However, cllr Martin expressed that litter seems to be a big issue and that “this is being addressed.”
She added: “The community want to get involved and are interested in setting up a Facebook page.
“Also until a tea room is completed they would like to perhaps but up a gazebo to serve teas and coffees and juice.
“As part of this they also would like to develop a herb garden to make herbal teas.”
Cllr Martin explained that the new community reassurance programme is taking place in conjunction with similar work at the rec by Staffordshire Police.
Cllr Martin said: “Nicky also informed me that everyone is happy with the presentation of the park.
“A good example of Nicky working with the young people was when a young boy was upset because he had lost a part off his bike and Nicky got 15 young people together and they helped looked for it and it was found.
“Volleyball took place at the weekend and the local PCSO attended to show support.
“I also attended and took part and I was really impressed by how the young people are engaging with the new workers.”
Looking ahead Nicky is planning a number of events to take place at the rec.
These include a Community Picnic on Monday, July 26 at 3pm where people are being invited to ‘bring and share’ andeveryone is welcome to attend.
Cllr Martin said: “Plus two young people are organising tournaments for August 24 at 3pm called Cheadle Parks Trixs.
“The categories will be: Classes under eight, Beginners, Amateur, and Pro; and Cheadle Town Mayor will be presenting medals at this event.
“Also Nicky is setting up a Community Sport box for old equipment if anyone would like to donate.”
Cllr Martin added: “This is only week one and so much has been achieved already – this can only get better.”
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