Sandra White with Hazell Houghton. Picture courtesy of Kathryn Courtney.
A Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Co-ordinator from Bristol has been shortlisted as a finalist in the National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Awards 2014.
Sandra White, who is 69 and from Shirehampton, has been a NHW Co-ordinator in her local area for over 12 years. She was nominated for the Community Courage Award by Wendy Hull, Chair of the Bristol NHW Network, and will attend the awards ceremony in London on June 20, along with 19 other finalists.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "I am delighted that Sandra has been recognised for her efforts and tireless work as a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator. Sandra has clearly demonstrated her commitment to her local community and her dedication to the role is impeccable. Policing is too big a job for the police alone and that is what makes Sandra and all the individuals we have involved with Neighbourhood Watch in Avon and Somerset invaluable."
The awards are part of a programme of events taking place across the country as part of the annual National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week, which runs from June 14 – 22, 2014.
Speaking about why she nominated Sandra, Wendy said: “Although Sandra has a number of health problems, she’s always more concerned about other people’s welfare than her own. As well as her work with Neighbourhood Watch, Sandra sits on the Neighbourhood Partnership Board and the area Community Safety Group. She plays a massive part in promoting and delivering activities for older, disabled and vulnerable people in Shirehampton.
“Sandra runs a weekly lunch club, which is attended by over 20 people each week, who otherwise might not get out socialising or even get to eat a healthy meal. She organises everything from preparing the community room, buying and cooking the food, to making sure that residents are picked up and returned home safely, then clearing up after the event. Sandra invites local school children to help serve the lunches, encouraging intergenerational relationships to grow. We have seen some of the local school children really blossom at these events.
“Sandra is such an active member of the community – her work and contributions are too many to list here. Being a finalist in these awards is such a fantastic recognition of all her hard work, I am delighted for her and will keep everything crossed for the awards in the summer.”
Neighbourhood beat manager for Shirehampton, PC Amanda Patterson said: “Sandra is a real pillar of the community, putting everyone before herself and using money from her own pocket to fund community projects.
“Her commitment to Neighbourhood Watch over many years has brought the local community closer together. She acts as our eyes and ears on the ground, is super vigilant and extremely Shirehampton focussed, as she was born and bred here.
“Without Sandra’s commitment to Neighbourhood Watch, Shirehampton would be a less cohesive and peaceful community. Her shortlisting for this award is thoroughly deserved – well done Sandra!”
If you want information about Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in your area or you want to set one up, visit our website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk and search Neighbourhood Watch. You can also call the 101 number and ask to speak to your local Beat Team. Alternatively visit www.ourwatch.org.uk
Posted on Thursday 8th May 2014