Volunteer Yvonne named top community safety hero by PCC
A WOMAN, who has helped hundreds of vulnerable and young people taken into police custody, has been named the county’s top community safety hero by Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Nick Alston.
Yvonne Weinling was presented with the first ever Outstanding Contribution to Community Safety award, created by Mr Alston, which recognises people who have gone above and beyond to keep their community safety.
The winner, who volunteers for the Clacton Appropriate Adults Service, was nominated by Clacton Custody Sergeant Dave Beverley. Yvonne has volunteered in the role for 11 years and does a huge amount to support, advise and care for young people and vulnerable adults during their time in custody. In his nomination Sgt Beverley said Yvonne’s work was “invaluable” and she is available around the clock, regularly working into the night, to support people.
Yvonne was presented with her trophy by PCC Nick Alston at his annual conference held at the Weston Homes Community Stadium in Colchester on Wednesday January 14. She was also given £500 to support her community work.
Mr Alston said: “Yvonne really is a worthy winner. It can be extremely daunting for a young person or vulnerable adult when they are taken into police custody. Yvonne truly does go above and beyond to provide advice to those in her care.”
Two of the nominees – Jenny Stocking of Essex Police and the Clacton division of the Essex Fire Cadets – were also highly commended and received £250 cash to be used to support their community safety project.
Jenny was nominated by Chief Insp Craig Carrington for her work over the last six years in developing and expanding the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) in Essex. The scheme provides key training for security staff, hospital staff, park wardens and others who have been accredited by the Chief Constable with powers to tackle low level issues such as graffiti, litter and anti-social behavior.
The Clacton division of the Essex Fire Cadets were nominated by their leader, Karl Amos, for their tireless work volunteering to improve and support the communities they live in.
Three other nominees, Phil Norton who runs the Billericay Street Pastors, the Clavering Community Speed Watch Team and Michelle Cunningham of the Thurrock Community Safety Partnership, received certificates of appreciation.
Mr Alston added: “As I read all of the nominations for this award I was very humbled to see the great community safety work being carried out by so many individuals in our county.
“They really are community heroes and they make an enormous contribution to helping keep our communities safe.”