Community champion testimonies
Dianne has been a Neighbourhood Champion for 2 years and she has made a real impact on her area she lives in. During this time one of the areas she has focussed on is the service road behind the shopping parade where there was a real problem with litter, fly-tipping and other issues. Dianne says:
"If you care about your community you should become a Neighbourhood Champion, you don't need lots of time, you just need to pick up the phone every so often."
Prashant from Stanmore has been a Neighbourhood Champion for almost a year. He says:
"I think the role is a very natural one where you get to know your neighbours, the council and the police. You try and keep communications flowing by listening, acting and feeding back. As a Champion I enjoy meeting everyone on the street."
Krishna has been a Neighbourhood Champion for nearly 2 years and is no stranger to volunteering. She says:
"As well as being a Neighbourhood Champion I also work with MIND in Harrow as a helpline advisor. I work closely with a Muscular Dystrophy charity and I have been campaigning against disability hate crime. Despite all this I still find time to be a Neighbourhood Champion as it's very easy to fit this around everything else."
Hugh has been a Neighbourhood Champion since the start of the scheme. As well as being a Champion Hugh is also a retired lighting specialist and was awarded an MBE in this year's Birthday honours list.
He was given the honour for services to education through the Mary Hare School for the Deaf in Newbury and the Lighting Education Trust. Hugh also volunteers as vice president of governors of the school and helped to set-up a charity to help the teaching of lighting design at UCL university.
Community championsAddress: Civic Centre