Posted on 24th November 2014
Winner Abigail Lawson being awarded her certificate by PCSO Matt Liddy
Two youngsters in Bolsover and North East Derbyshire have been awarded for their contribution to the community as part of the Think Positive scheme.
The scheme sees ‘Think Positive’ tickets being handed out to young people who have been recognised for good behaviour or making a positive contribution to their community.
The tickets can be given out by officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood teams, Derbyshire County Council Multi-Agency Team Officers, Extreme Wheels and Sporting Futures staff, Bolsover District Council’s CAN Rangers and Housing Officers, and Rykneld Homes.
The scheme is aimed at young people aged between eight and 17-years-old, and has been jointly funded by Bolsover and North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnerships.
The first draw took place earlier this month which saw Reece Wardle from Duckmanton and Abigail Lawson from Shirebrook being awarded prizes for their work in the community.
10-year-old Abigail Lawson was presented with a Think Positive certificate and a £20 shopping voucher after she rescued a lost dog in Shirebrook. Abigail kept the dog safe and away from the roads whilst she looked for its owner.
Reece Wardle, also 10-years-old, witnessed criminal damage taking place and reported it to police. This allowed officers to bring the case to a successful close.
Reece was awarded with a £20 gift card and a Think Positive Certificate of Merit.
Winner Reece Wardle with Peter Campbell Joint Assistance Director of Community Safety and Housing and Sergeant Paul Smith
Sergeant Paul Smith, of the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnerships, said: “It is a pleasure to congratulate both Reece and Abigail for their excellent positive contributions and conduct in making their communities safer and more pleasant places to live.
“The Think Positive initiative is all about recognising the positive contributions that many young people make to their local communities on a daily basis but very often go unnoticed.”
Nicola Ware, mother of Think Positive winner Reece Wardle, said: “I think this is a brilliant initiative. It is really important that young people’s behaviour is recognised for the right reasons and in positive circumstances. Hopefully this will help to breakdown some of the more negative perceptions that some people may have towards young people”.
Other examples of nominations from this month’s draw include helping officers to clean up the area after a community event and supporting a friend through a difficult time.
To find out more about the scheme or to speak to your local policing team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.