Rugby volunteers recognised by Community Safety Partnership

Cecilia Whittlesea and Bob Reeve receive their awards from Keith Newell (L), Community Safety Partnership Manager with Rugby Borough Council, and Cllr Derek Poole (R), Chair of the Rugby Community Safety Partnership.

Cecilia Whittlesea and Bob Reeve receive their awards from Keith Newell (L), Community Safety Partnership Manager with Rugby Borough Council, and Cllr Derek Poole (R), Chair of the Rugby Community Safety Partnership.

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The Rugby Community Safety Partnership has two awards for individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to community safety in Rugby.

Cecilia (Cec) Whittlesea, an outreach worker with CSWP Connexions, and Bob Reeve, on behalf of the Ascension Trust and the Rugby Street Pastors, are the latest recipients of the Be Safe Feel Safe community awards.

Cec received her award for her work with the Community Safety Partnership, the Youth Justive Service and CSWP Connexions, at Hill Street youth and community centre, and in the community. She works with young people who voluntarily join the project and set themselves targets to overcome any disabilities or disadvantage that may prevent them achieving educational or employment goals. Cec has worked with young people in Rugby since 1991.

Bob accepted his award on behalf of the Ascension Trust, the organisation behind Rugby’s Street Pastors. The Street Pastors first took to the streets of Rugby in 2010, and have been present in the town centre on every Friday night since, from 10pm to 4am. More recently the Pastors have extended their patrols to cover Saturday nights as well. The Street Pastors are a neutral, friendly presence in the town centre, making sure that a fun night out ends safely for everyone. In one notable case their caring, swift and professional approach kept one reveller alive.

Rugby Borough Councillor Derek Poole, Chairman of the Rugby Community Safety Partnership, said: “There is a tremendous amount of hard work going in to keep Rugby’s communities safe, and I’m pleased to be able to recognise outstanding contributions made by both staff and volunteers.

“I’m proud to live in a borough where people like Cec and Bob, and all of the Street Pastors and Ascension Trust volunteers, put so much effort into making Rugby a better place to live.

“They’re deserving winners of these Be Safe Feel Safe awards.”

Cec said: “I feel very privileged to receive this award on behalf of all of the young people who have been such an inspiration to me and who have overcome major obstacles in their lives. Key to the success of the project has been the involvement of young people as Peer Mentors, who work voluntarily with me, and the encouragement and support of the Community Safety Partnership and the Youth Justice Service.”

Bob said: “Being a Street Pastor is all about caring, listening and helping the community - it’s the church getting out onto the streets at night, and showing their concern for the community.”