Posted on 25th June 2014
Doe Lea Neighbourhood Watch has been named as a finalist in the national Neighbourhood and Home Watch awards.
The group received the Outstanding Achievement award for their fund-raising efforts which have led to projects to benefit young people in the village.
They submitted a successful bid to the National Lottery and were awarded more than £8,000 to undertake work with young people in the village. They also applied to the Midlands Co-operative Community Fund and received more than £6,000.
The lottery funding was used to pay for floodlighting on the hard court sports area at the Doe Lea Centre, which enabled youngsters to play football in the evenings during the winter.
They also successfully set up an OZBOX style satellite gymnasium. The funding purchased gym equipment which is used for well-attended young people's sessions.
The group used the Co-operative funding to purchase film-making equipment, a laptop and editing software, together with lighting and sound equipment. They are in the process of setting up a group of people to work with youngsters to make a film about the effects of anti-social behaviour. Once the film has been produced the equipment will be a resource for use by others in the village.
The citation says: “As a result of these projects, dozens of youngsters have benefited from physical exercise and used their energies in a healthy and positive way. The film project will also give youngsters an opportunity to develop skills around all aspects of film-making and communication as well as encouraging them to think about all aspects of anti-social behaviour and what can be done about it.”
The award was presented at a ceremony in London on Friday June 20.