Winchester's Wardens are the ‘Perfect Partners’

From left to right - Cllr John Cooper, Hannah Beech,  Trevor Lynas, Lesley Batchelor, Lydia Thompson and Clive Elliston.Winchester City Council’s Neighbourhood Warden Team have been hailed as the ‘perfect partners’ at the annual South East Warden Conference in Oxford.

Winchester’s Wardens were presented with the Partnership Working Award after seeing off strong competition from similar schemes in Guildford and Portsmouth.

The award recognised the team’s valuable community support work around Winchester and their close partnership work with the police, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Hampshire County Council, and community groups around Winchester.

The judges were particularly impressed with the role of the Wardens in organising and facilitating last year’s successful ‘Think Safe’ event at Worthy Down army camp.

The Think Safe event brought together professionals from agencies across the district to teach school children how to avoid danger and equip them with the knowledge and confidence to cope in a wide range of situations.

Commenting on the Wardens’ success, Councillor John Cooper, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Safety, said: “I am delighted that the work of the Neighbourhood Warden Team has been recognised in this way. The Team have a vital role to play in the community and I place great importance on the need to educate young people about the dangers they can face in life. I also pay tribute to the contribution of our partners in delivering this work”.

The award was presented at the South East Wardens Awards on 16 March at Kassam Stadium in Oxford.