Led by Buckinghamshire County Council, and supported by Thames Valley Police, town and district councils, churches and others, a big Street Associations initiative, started three years ago, has just been celebrated with a tea party for volunteers. Those attending were some of the 327 volunteers across six towns where the initiative has been piloted.
Members described the difference local Street Associations had made and the initiative is set to expand further. Martin Graham of the Street Associations initiative was invited to speak at the event, where he also introduced Birmingham’s Permission to Smile campaign.
The Buckinghamshire initiative has been taken forward by Helen Cavill, with great success. Martin Graham says, “It’s amazing what Helen and team have accomplished. It also shows how far the Street Association concept can go with full scale public sector backing along with superb voluntary action”.