Whitleigh resident Emma wins national Anti-Social Behaviour award
Emma Boyle scooped the Resident and Community award at the Resolve UK Anti-Social Behaviour Awards which showcases some of the best examples of residents and communities working together to tackle ASB.
The award, which was sponsored by tenant engagement experts TPAS was for the close partnership work Emma took part in with her housing team and the local neighbourhood Police team to tackle an anti-social behaviour issue that had been plaguing Whitleigh Green residents for months.
Emma moved into the Whitleigh area with her young family in 2006. In 2017 there were high levels of ASB and crime occurring within the Green, in particular there was a gang of youths causing serious ASB issues that focussed on the vulnerable, the elderly and young children.
Emma was invaluable in providing information and evidence about what was happening which gave PCH the chance to build a case for enforcement action.
Despite the risk of repercussions, Emma gave witness statements regarding the behaviour she had witnessed and was one of the few who agreed to attend Court despite living in the area.
As a result of the evidence from witnesses like Emma, the group was disbanded, and they caused no further issues in the community. Emma’s actions have made a huge positive difference to those who live around her and the shop owners especially by making Whitleigh Green a safer place to live.
Emma said: “When I first started to work with the team to help those being targeted in the area, I just wanted to put a stop to what was happening. I had no idea it would end up with me being awarded at a national ceremony! It was a shame we had to do a virtual ceremony as I would have loved to have got dressed up for the occasion!
“I just want to thank the housing team at Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) and the local neighbourhood Police team for helping us resolve the ASB and making it a better place to live for everyone as people deserve to feel safe in their homes.”
John Clark, Chief Executive of PCH said: “What a fantastic achievement and recognition for Emma. It takes a lot of courage to stand up for your yourself and your community, but it can make a real difference. Everyone at PCH is very proud of her and the role she’s played in making a difference to the lives of so many people in her local area”
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