Gloucester is winner of the National Best Bar None's Best New Scheme Award.
On 2nd February 2016 eight representatives from Gloucester (including Gloucester's Scheme winners, Justin Hudson and Limar Akam from Butler's Venue Bar,) attended a reception at the House of Lords for the Best Bar None Awards ceremnony.
Gloucester had submitted a nomination for the Best New Scheme Award and a few days before the ceremony had been notified that they were through to the finalists. The excitement grew as we realised that there were only three schemes in the final and were absolutely delighted to be announced as the winner!
The award recognised the commitment of the team as we battled against the clock to get the fifteen Gloucester premises accredited in time for the Rugby World Cup celebrations in 2015.
Best Bar None
accredited fifteen licensed premises in the first year of holding this national accreditation scheme in Gloucester. Bars, pubs and clubs in the city centre took part with fifteen venues reaching accreditation standard.
Having achieved the essential scoring points, venues then went on to compete for the Best licensed venue in the city with Butler's Venue Bar being the overall (Gold) winner.
Runner up was Cafe Rene and Bronze went to Doctor Foster's Liquor Co.
Other winners were
Best Independent Bar: Butler's Venue Bar
Best Independent Pub: Cafe Rene
Best Chain Pub: The New Inn
Best Chain Bar/Nightclub: Liquid-Diva
The Coordinators of all the schemes, together with the winners, are invited to a reception at the House of Lords in London. This year it will take place on 2nd February 2016. At this event, the schemes from across the UK can be nominated for one of several national awards. Gloucester Best Bar None Scheme has been nominated for the "Best New Scheme" award and is now through to the final of that competition.
The prize is £1,000.
An innovative partnership Restorative Justice
(RJ) project within primary schools in Gloucester piloted and developed by Project Solace has won a national award!
The RJ project was named the winner of the best practice award for reducing anti-social behaviour (ASB) and increasing community confidence at the annual Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group (SLCNG) 'Delivering Results' awards on Tuesday, 14 November 2012.
The initial pilot of the project took part earlier this year and saw Primary School children attending RJ lessons with Project Solace and Gloucester Police to promote awareness of the consequences of getting involved in ASB, followed by a group assembly for year 5 and 6 students.
The project has since developed and is now a partnership between Project Solace, Gloucester City Homes, Gloucester Police and education with a learning booklet following curriculum created to form part of future sessions, which also gently focuses on consequences of becoming involved in gangs, using violence or getting involved with alcohol or drugs following the disorder that affected the nation and Gloucester last November. This is planned to roll out across all remaining city primary schools before the year end.
PC Mark Mansfield also collected a commendation award in respect of the Resident Award, which is an award designed to recognise individuals or a group of residents for their outstanding achievements in combating ASB. A nomination was made by Gloucester City Homes after residents suffered serious nuisance from now former neighbours Sharon Townsend and Gary Barnaby, which resulted in a recent eviction after other methods of dealing with their behaviour failed.
On behalf of Gloucester Local Policing Teams, Inspector Neil Smith said: "This is a fantastic achievement to a multi-agency approach in implementing restorative practices to young people in Gloucester. The RJ approach has had high success rate and is used as part of the Police's Community Orientated Policing (COPS) system" Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods & Chair of Safer Gloucester, Councillor Jennie Dallimore said: "This clearly demonstrates partnership working at its best and is a great outcome for our city residents. Prevention projects like this are an important aspect of reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities. It is an amazing accomplishment and all the agencies involved in delivering this project should be very proud."
Lisa Howarth, Head of Housing Services for Gloucester City Homes said: "This is excellent recognition for all the passion, hard work, dedication and perseverance put in by all involved into doing their very best to put a stop to ASB and helping those that have had their lives affected by ASB.
We have very strong relationships with our partners in tackling crime and ASB in the City and it is a pleasure to see the benefits of prevention work obtaining the recognition it truly deserves.
"On behalf of the SLCNG, Sharon Mackley said: "These awards shine a spotlight on ASB practitioners and their partners who through their dedication and creativity do so much to tackle ASB and make communities safer. By recognising the achievements of projects that have made a real and sustained difference to a community during 2011/12, the awards also help raise performance across the sector. The project was a well deserved winner demonstrating clear community outcomes."
Paws on Patrol in the Carnival
Paws on Patrol, a project from the partners of Safer Gloucester, was awarded the Star Trophy in Gloucester Carnival 2012! Thanks to everyone for supporting us and cheering loudly! We also signed up lots of new members, so a great weekend.