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Picture shows Neil Howlett from the Community Safety Partnership and David Cross from Medway Council's Trading Stndards Department

Picture shows Neil Howlett from the Community Safety Partnership and David Cross from Medway Council’s Trading Stndards Department

Medway residents are being given help to deal with unwanted ‘cold callers’ who tout for business at the front door.

The council’s Trading Standards service is promoting an initiative which helps people to deal with the high pressure selling tactics.

They have produced free ‘No Cold Calling Homes’ packs containing advice and information, and stickers warning that residents do not buy from door-to-door sales people. These have been funded through the local Community Safety Partnership. Read More

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Medway Council’s Trading Standards team are urging local businesses and residents to be extra careful when buying food supplements that claim to burn fat.

Across the country a number of deaths have been connected with the consumption of supplements containing 2,4 Dinitrophenol, sometimes referred to as ‘DNP’. This is a product unfit for human consumption and should not be sold as food.

However, it is available online and has been found being sold under the counter at some gyms in other parts of the UK. Read More

More than 1,000 pupils across Medway have taken part in an innovative education show designed to help them learn about road safety. Courtroom aims to help children aged between seven and 11 (key stage 2) learn how to make better road side decisions for themselves and others. More

lollipopLollipop men and women from all over Medway gathered to mark 60 years of safer road crossings.

The School Crossing Patrol service at Medway Council marked the anniversary with a giant coffee morning at Gun Wharf, Chatham on 15 April, inviting 20 school crossing patrols to join in the celebrations. More

A new project has been launched on the Medway City Estate aimed at helping small businesses improve their ability to manage workplace health, safety and fire risks.
Estates Excellence brings together the Health and Safety Executive, Medway Council, Kent Fire Brigade and local businesses on the estate, including Veolia and Veetee Rice.
The partners will provide support, guidance and training to help businesses manage risk effectively, not only improving safety for employees but also enabling employers to benefit from reduced insurance costs and lost working time. More

The Medway Community Safety Partnership is continuing to hold community engagement meetings for residents in Medway.

Following on from the first of its kind in October, the next meeting is to be held at St Marks Church in Canterbury Street Gillingham on Tuesday, 16 April from 7pm. More

Budding young people in Medway are being urged to step up to national road safety challenge. A national photography competition, called Footprints, run by Road Safety GB launches today (4 March) and encourages young people aged 11-18 years to snap away on the theme of pedestrian safety. The competition will run until Sunday, 21 April. More

St James’ CE Primary School, Grain is helping students develop their skills and knowledge needed to stay safe as a young pedestrian.

Much to the delight of Medway Council’s Road Safety Team, St James’ School recognised the need to champion road safety to its pupils, staff and parents. The school has enlisted the expertise of the council’s Road Safety Team – as Su Ormes, Principle Road Safety Officer explains: “We initially supported the school with a pilot walking bus launch, during International Walk to School Month, in October. Since then we have made return visits to deliver lessons – making sure they were fun and interactive.
“With very little road safety adverts appearing on TV these days, we made sure the children understood the green cross code and were comfortable with what they should be looking and listening for while out walking.“

The Safer Journey Officers managed to deliver lessons to the entire school – providing around 140 students with indispensable road safety knowledge. Officers also met with parents to introduce the pedestrian awards (PAWS) in the hope they would continue teachings and assessments of their child’s skills outside of the school gates.

Headteacher Ginny Wilson said: “We are eager our students understand their responsibilities and role as a pedestrian. For them to understand now, the benefits of wearing bright/reflective clothing or the reality of seeing a car travelling 30mph breaking and stopping distance – measured out on the playground – stands them in good stead to keep our future road users safe.”

St James CE Primary School also managed to scoop the top position in the recent Golden Boot Walking Challenge, beating 23 other schools. If you would more details about the services available from the Road Safety Team visit http://www.medway.gov.uk or call 01634 331710 or visit http://www.facebook.com/saferjourneys

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012. Today’s announcement from the Cabinet Office has given the charity the opportunity to thank all its volunteers for all their hard work and dedication to help save lives at sea.

The charity, which relies on volunteers to carry out its lifesaving work and who form 95% of its workforce, is one of just 60 organisations to receive this one-off award. The category that was added to the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in order to mark the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic year.

In a nomination submitted by long-term RNLI supporters, actor Timothy Spall and his wife Shane, the charity’s volunteers were described as ‘what is ‘Great’ about Britain.’ The Spalls went on to say: ‘They are an inspiration, and have our eternal gratitude and respect.’

Volunteers have been at the heart of the RNLI since its inception in 1824; its 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members are on call 24/7, launching whatever the weather and often in the hours of darkness to help those in danger around the UK and the Republic of Ireland. In addition, volunteer lifeguards work alongside paid lifeguards to help keep beach-users safe and educate those who visit the coast. Specially-trained Flood Rescue Teams are also ready to deploy to any instances of inland flooding. None of this would be possible without thousands more dedicated volunteers who give their time to raise funds and awareness, give safety advice and help out in museums, shops and offices across the country

Paul Boissier, RNLI Chief Executive, said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled to receive this prestigious award, and for our selfless volunteers to be recognised for their commitment and dedication in this Diamond Jubilee year.

‘Our volunteers come from all walks of life and are united by one common goal; an unfaltering commitment to help save lives at sea. From the volunteer crews and lifeguards who are at the forefront of rescues to the people who give up their time to raise vital funds. I am not only proud to be part of the charity but inspired by so many ordinary people doing extraordinary things’.

Martyn Lewis CBE, Chairman, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award Committee, said:

“The sixty organisations honoured today with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering have built their success on the dedication and generosity of thousands of extraordinary people, each of whom has devoted their time and energy to the simple aim of making their communities – and their country – a better place.

Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said:

“The list of recipients of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering reads like a Who’s Who of British volunteering and is testament to the enduring strength and immeasurable contribution of volunteers over the past sixty years.”

“2012 brought volunteering firmly, and deservedly, into the spotlight. The stories behind these awards show what people can achieve when they come together and I hope they will inspire more people to come forward to contribute, and to gain from, all that volunteering offers.”

RNLI lifeboat crew member Gavin Steeden and volunteer lifeguard Chris Lewis will be representing the charity at a small presentation being held by the Cabinet Office at Whitehall this evening (12 December).

Gavin said: ‘I have grown up with the RNLI and volunteer alongside my dad, brother and friends – it is part of who I am and what I love. It is a great honour to be recognised for what we do, and I am really proud to be representing not only my own station in Swanage but all the volunteers who are part of the charity.’ More

With the start of the new school term next week, parents are being urged to consider where they are parking when they drop off their children at school.
Road safety officers at Medway Council hope that by encouraging parents to reconsider where they park, they can reduce congestion, improve visibility of young pedestrians and put a stop to illegal dangerous parking.

Su Ormes, Principal Road Safety Officer said: “Understandably many parents drive their children to and from school for various reasons. However, there is a small percentage of parents parking inconsiderately and illegally on the yellow zig zag lines or on roads just outside the school gates. More

Medway theatre’s technical crew will take centre stage for a change when they host an exciting summer workshop that promises to reveal the tricks of their trade. More

Please find below a joint statement from Cllr Mike O’Brien, the Chair of the Medway Community Safety partnership, and Superintendent Rachel Adams, the Vice Chair of the Medway Community Safety Partnership: More

A new campaign is launched this week for the Christmas period, highlighting the potential risks of drinking large amounts of alcohol before going out to a nightclub or party. More

Fireworks may be fun to watch, but Medway Council’s Trading Standards team are focusing their efforts on ensuring they aren’t getting to the wrong hands. More

Pupils and students across Medway have been learning the rules of the road thanks to Medway Council’s Road Safety Team.

The team were at Mid Kent College’s recent Fresher’s Week to discuss drink drive issues, demonstrate new roadside moped enforcement and provide useful resources such as crash cards, biker safety packs and hi visibility hats to more than 130 young people.

The team has also visited Cuxton Infant and Junior Schools to answer parent’s road safety questions and listen to their views and concerns.

James Sutton, Safer Journeys Officer, said: “It was positive to see so many parents consciously leave their cars at home and walk. There was lots of interest in setting up a walking bus or park and stride scheme. We are optimistic we can support these schemes to get people walking and reducing the number of cars outside of the school gates.”

The Safer Journeys Team are available to provide road safety advice, support and information on a variety of topics including, child car seats, walking buses, the driving medical standards and road skills for young pedestrians. If you would like some specific road safety related advice please take a look at http://www.medway.gov.uk/saferjourneys or email travel.safety@medway.gov.uk

Residents are invited to attend a meeting to discuss the emergency plans for the Isle of Grain.

The meeting will take place on Monday, 12 September at 7.30pm at The Village Hall, Chapel Road, Grain.

Representatives from the Health and Safety Executive, Medway Council, Kent Police, Kent Fire & Rescue Service and the Grain LNG Terminal will be on hand to answer resident’s questions.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact Mike O’Brien said: “This meeting is an opportunity for the residents of Grain to have an open discussion with key personnel about the emergency plan for their village.

“I would encourage anyone who has an interest in this to attend the meeting and hear from the various agencies about how we can all work together.”

It’s back to school in two weeks, and with that it’s back to walking or cycling to school for many of Medway’s pupils. More

Bangers not bugs – that’s the message from Medway Council as it gives advice to people to ensure they’re not left with food poisoning from a barbecue. More

The new chairman of Medway’s Community Safety Partnership has been out on patrol with Kent Police to see how the new dispersal zone in one area of Chatham is working. More

Cycle training for children is being offered by Medway Council and Greenacre School Sports Partnership this summer. It’s designed to help improve their skills and roadcraft. More

Budding landlords and those who already let properties to tenants are invited to the Medway Landlords’ Fair. More

If there’s one place where technology seems to be moving faster and faster it’s in the world of motoring – as evidenced at the Intelligent Transport Systems Congress in Stockholm this year. More

Boost energy levels, increase road awareness and save on fuel costs by choosing to walk to school and work this spring. More

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