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Anti-social behaviour project in Lincolnshire nominated for national award

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: October 09, 2012

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A COMMUNITY project to reduce anti-social behaviour in Winthorpe has resulted in a national award nomination.

New Linx Housing Trust has been shortlisted in the Community Impact Awards, a competition organised by the National Housing Federation.

The nomination, under the Improving Neighbourhoods category, is a result of The Big Busy Diary initiative – a three-month programme of educational and physical activities to increase skills and reduce anti-social behaviour in Winthorpe, just outside Skegness.

Director of Operations at NLHT, Jack Whyman, told the Target: "Local residents who accessed the Big Busy Diary have enjoyed activities that were delivered in the heart of their community.

"The chairman of the Winthorpe Youth and Residents' Association (WYRA) commented that 795 residents accessed the centre over the three month project and approximately 500 were NLHT residents.

"The Money Awareness session has resulted in one local resident saving £60 per week after completing a budgeting exercise and vulnerable and isolated residents, in particular the elderly, enjoyed the bingo and exercise sessions."

NLHT'S Community Engagement Team created the concept of the Big Busy Diary which was delivered at Seathorne Methodist Church with support from local agencies and WYRA.

Activities included taster sessions of college courses; workshops to increase employability; healthy eating/cooking sessions, financial/budgeting advice and physical activities for all ages.

"The best in category and overall regional winner awards will be announced at an award ceremony on Monday, October 22 at Moor Hall Hotel in Sutton Coldfield.

Chris Hobson, National Housing Federation East Midlands lead manager, said: "The Community Impact Awards are a great chance to celebrate the work housing associations carry out on a daily basis.

'With so many inspirational projects to choose from, our resident judges – who know first-hand the difference housing associations can make – had a tough job deciding the shortlists.

"Congratulations to those who reached the next stage."

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