It's awards galore for the Communities team and the community groups they support!
Winner of the Customer Service Excellence Award (July – September 2010) is Malkeat Singh who works in the Communities team with Cathy O’Leary who has also recently been nominated for an award. Malkeat’s nominator said…
See our Facebook page for more information on the five times we or groups we support have been given an award.
North Southampton Community Forum thanked Dawn Jones, who used to work with the Communities team in Southampton City Council, for all her hard work and support to communities in northern Southampton. “In appreciation and recognition of her support and assistance during her time as Team Leader of SCC Communities Dept.” Dawn was also presented with a bouquet of flowers in appreciation of her work.
Sholing Valleys and International Cookery Exchange have both been nominated for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and have been invited by Hampshire County Council to an official reception to celebrate their nomination. Both groups have done, and continue to do, fantastic work for Southampton this recognition is thoroughly deserved. We wish you the best of luck with your nomination!
Southampton city council says goodbye to police station after 78 years at the Civic Centre. The council is being handed back the keys by Hampshire Constabulary, after housing their police station for 78 years. Next week will see the final move out of Southampton police station staff, who are now all based in their new HQ on Southern Road, which opened to the public on March 7.
Please help Age Concern Southampton to win £5000 from the Co-op. The campaign that gets the most votes wins. In order to make this work they need your help. Sign up and vote,and if you’d like you can forward to your friends and colleagues. Signing up and voting takes no time at all - you only have to give your name, email and set up a password. Here is the link to sign up and vote: www.co-operative.coop/join-the-revolution/age-concern-southampton
We send a weekly email to our database of contacts across the city. It is full of activities, volunteering opportunities, training, events etc which are happening across the city. We have now uploaded a PDF version on our web page www.southampton.gov.uk/yourcommunity we will update it every week - keep an eye out…
So today, Mandy did something a little bit different… I was offered an opportunity through my school to do some volunteer work with an amazing organization called Habitat for Humanity. If accepted, I would spend a day helping to build a house for a family that could not otherwise afford one. So a…
Southampton’s CommunitiesWhoop whoop, a new community group for residents might be starting in Freemantle. If you live in Sir George’s or Andover Roads why not join some of your neighbours on Wednesday 23rd @ 7.30 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church Hall, Shirley Road and see if it’s something you’d be interested in, with no obligation. :-D
Come along and get information on what to do if you are/or have been a victim of hate crime. There will also be two short performances and a workshop for anyone who has suffered disability hate crime. Information stands will include MENCAP, CHOICES, Police and the event will be opened by The Mayor. See www.facebook.com/southamptonscommunities for more info and times etc.
200 new homes to be built across the city. Southampton City Council has chosen Lovell Partnerships Limited with First Wessex (Housing Association) to regenerate three council estates in Southampton. The contractor will build over 200 new homes at Meggeson Avenue, Townhill Park; Laxton Close, Sholing; and Exford Avenue, Harefield. For dates of the information days please see the Discussion section on www.facebook.com/southamptonscommunities. There’s an info day tomorrow!
LawWorks is a charity which aims to provide free legal help to individuals and community groups who cannot afford to pay for it and who are unable to access legal aid. If you are in need of help, please click on the link for more info.
Seventy-five-year-old Charles Wilson keeps a duffel bag packed and an eye on the news.
Flooding in North Dakota? Better find a heavy coat.
Hurricane in Florida? Get the bug spray.
Wildfires in San Diego? Call mom, 93, in southern California and tell her he’s headed that way.
Such is life for Wilson, the most-traveled disaster relief volunteer for the local chapter of the American Red Cross. In the five years since he joined the organisation, the retired locksmith supervisor at Texas Christian University has crisscrossed the country.
The public can ask questions about the Biomass power plant in Southampton. Helius Energy plc will be at two information days about the proposals for Western Docks. A public exhibition is being held at Thompson Memorial Hall in Millbrook 2-7.30pm pm on 21st and 22nd March.
Housing Minister Grant Shapps has today put power firmly in residents’ hands by giving the green light for the iconic Byker Estate in Newcastle to be put into community control.
Visiting the Grade II listed estate, Mr Shapps applauded the efforts of tenants who “never took no for an answer” and campaigned for control of their neighbourhood, describing them as “the embodiment of the Big Society”, paying tribute to Newcastle City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency who supported their efforts.
Theresa Villiers MP, the Minister of State for Transport, visited Swaythling Station recently to see the great work of The Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership and its adopted group, ‘Friends of Swaythling Station'
Theresa Villiers MP, the Minister of State for Transport, visited Swaythling Station recently to see the great work The Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership and its adopted group, ‘Friends of Swaythling Station’ have achieved. The small group of local volunteers formally adopted the Station and the group and station are flourishing.
They have a rota of local residents/volunteers, including senior citizens, university students and secondary school pupils who make improvements to the station as part of an ongoing programme to make it welcoming and safe for passengers. Theresa Villiers MP said, ‘The Friends of Swaythling Station’ have achieved. “The enthusiasm of volunteers and all those involved in the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership was extremely encouraging. It was nice to be able to see first hand the results that have been achieved so far.”
Winner of the Customer Service Excellence Award (External Category July – September 2010)
Winner of the Customer Service Excellence Award at Southampton City Council is Malkeat Singh who works in the Communities team, with Cathy O’Leary who has also recently been nominated.
The nominator said, “He (Malkeat) has been instrumental in helping us set up our residents’ association and therefore also our Neighbourhood Watch group … He’s a massive asset to the community and one we’re very lucky to have.”
Winner of the Customer Service Excellence Award (External Category July – September 2010)
Winner of the Customer Service Excellence Award for Southampton City Council is Malkeat Singh who works in the Communities team, with Cathy O’Leary who has also recently been nominated. “(Malkeat) has been instrumental in helping us set up our residents’ association and therefore also our Neighbourhood Watch group … He’s a massive asset to the community and one we’re very lucky to have.”
Friends of Monks Brook's Spring tidy up at Monksbrook Meadows
On saturday 19th march, 10am - 2pm. Please meet at the GREENWAY gateway to the MEADOWS at OLD HIGH ROAD/WIDE LANE SWAYTHLING. Park in THE FLEMING ARMS (Opposite Wessex Lane), just past the RAILWAY ARCH. Please bring suitable wears, gloves ,glasses, food, water, garden rakes.
Hi all for those that can help we intend to do a Spring tidy up at Monks Brook Meadows on Saturday 19th March. Please bring gloves, goggles, food, water, garden rakes. We will meet at the gate to the Greenway (by the Fleming Arms) then Janet Ticehurst will lead you up to the meadows as I will have to drive the tools etc. up the meadows. We will be clearing Soft Thistle, some Bramble and raking out Himalayan Balsam to help keep it in check. Everyone is welcome to come along and do ‘just do what you want to do’ from 10-15 minutes to four hours everything helps. We now have plenty of spare tools. We look forward to seeing you. - Bob Painton.
Calls for council to support the People's Supermarket
Local Government Minister Bob Neill has today written to Camden Council’s leader urging him to reconsider the decision to not grant the People’s Supermarket, a social enterprise initiative, a not-for-profit business rate discount. See more via communities.gov.uk link.
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If you have a medium- to large-sized online network, you might have noticed some of your contacts have been developing their own communities in the form of private groups, forums or social networks that are a mixture of free or paid memberships.