Building a community - Charles, Lawley and Varden Avenues
The student and non-student residents of Charles, Lawley and Varden Avenues in Lenton Abbey have enjoyed the support of Community Chest funding from the University of Nottingham for a number of years. The Neighbourhood Watch group is led by local resident Steve Hadfield, now in his 29th year as coordinator, who supports residents against becoming victims of crime and reckons the best way to do this is by working together as a community.
As soon as new residents move in, the group post a welcome letter through the letterbox. This contains helpful information about wheelie bins, buses, post boxes and parking. It also contains contact details for someone they can approach for help if they need it.
Not content with just being a useful point of contact, Steve organises popular community events such as Halloween parties, scarecrow day, quiz nights and street parties. The group has had 60 people attend the Halloween event, with some Chinese students bringing homemade food which was a real talking point. All events have involved students and have helped them feel that they belong to a community.
Community Chest Funding, 2020: £300