Home safety scheme continues

The partnership agreement behind the Erewash Safer Homes project, a mobile service that gives security help to older and vulnerable homeowners in the borough, looks set to be extended.
 
Erewash borough councillors at a meeting of the Council Executive next week (Tuesday 11 July) are expected to approve a move to change the current one year contract to a three year period running from 1 April this year to 31 March 2020.
 
The Safer Homes project is run in partnership with South Derbyshire District Council which originally set up the service over five years ago with South Derbyshire CVS. 
 
The project, which also helps residents who have been recent victims of burglary, offers advice to homeowners on how to keep their property safe and security equipment can be installed free of charge where necessary.
 
Under the Service Level Agreement, South Derbyshire CVS employs a project worker who works two days a week in each of the two districts. The agreement has been on a rolling one year term and extending the project to three years (subject to ongoing funds being available) is seen as providing a better platform for planning future delivery of the scheme.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“The Safer Homes initiative has been very well received in both Erewash and South Derbyshire and is seen as a key crime prevention project. Hundreds of people have been helped since it launched in 2014. In Erewash alone, more than 3,500 security items have been fitted to homes to help residents feel safer in their own home.
 
“Feedback from residents receiving the service confirms that they feel this is a valuable project.”
 
Referrals for the project can come direct from individuals who qualify for the service and from agencies including Derbyshire Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Erewash Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council.
 
The meeting of Council Executive is at Ilkeston Town Hall on Tuesday 11 July at 10.30am.
 
Residents wanting more details about the Safer Homes scheme can contact Erewash CSP on 0115 907 2244 or contact South Derbyshire CVS directly to arrange an appointment – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01283 219761.

Tee off for summer fun!

Youngsters have the chance to enjoy unlimited golf and footgolf at Ilkeston’s Pewit Golf Course during the school summer break thanks to a Junior Membership offer by Erewash Borough Council.
 
A seven week membership for 8-16-year-olds is available for £15 offering unlimited golf and footgolf from Monday 17 July to Sunday 3 September during public opening hours.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“Pewit offers a great golf experience as well as the fun footgolf course, a sport which continues to grow in popularity across the country.”
 
Also a limited number of 25 summer golf and footgolf memberships are available to buy for £20 for anyone aged over 17. 
 
Both membership offers are available to buy now at Pewit Golf Course and at Victoria Park Leisure Centre, Ilkeston, Rutland Sports Park, Ilkeston, Sandiacre Friesland Sports Centre and West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton.

Still time to bloom!

Green-fingered Erewash residents still have time to enter this year’s Erewash in Bloom gardening competition ahead of the deadline, Friday 7 July.
 
Organised by Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash campaign, the annual competition features a range of categories to suit gardeners of all ages – including best front and rear gardens, best wildlife garden, top hanging baskets, best allotments and a fun tallest sunflower award for youngsters. There are also awards on offer for schools and businesses.
 
It is quick and easy to enter online at www.erewash.gov.uk/erewashinbloom or entry forms are available from Ilkeston and Long Eaton town halls.
 
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
 
“This remains a very popular competition with all our gardening gurus out there and they make it a very difficult task for the Bloom judges who are always bowled over by the quality of all entries – hats off to all the residents, businesses and schoolchildren who put the flower power into our borough. So if you haven’t entered yet, let’s hear from you!”
 

Need a grant for your community work?

Community and voluntary groups across Erewash have another chance to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them with their work in the borough.
 
Erewash Borough Council has opened a further round of funding through its Community Grants scheme and wants local groups to get in touch and apply for support ahead of the closing deadline of 12.30pm on Monday 24 July.
 
Countless groups have been helped over the last few years through the grants scheme, ranging from Scout groups to charities like Sight Support Derbyshire.
 
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“We want to get the message out to groups in all corners of our borough that these grants are on offer to help them. We have helped so many since we launched this scheme but we still want to hear from the many more groups we know are out there working to help people living in Erewash. It doesn’t matter how small the group is, we want to hear. Will a grant of up to £2,000 help you? Then get in touch now!”
 
The deadline for community grant applications is 12.30pm on Monday 24 July.
 
Full details of the scheme and how to apply for a community grant are available at www.erewash.gov.uk  - via the ‘Community and Living’ tab and the link to ‘Grants’. 
 
Anyone needing help or advice regarding completing the application form can contact the council’s Community Engagement Officer Colin Handley via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0115 907 2244.
 

The Great Get Together in Erewash

Erewash residents have the chance to go along to a community party this weekend as part of the nationwide Great Get Together, a campaign organised by the Jo Cox Foundation in honour of the murdered MP.
 
Erewash Borough Council has joined forces with Ilkeston Churches to hold the event at Ilkeston’s Victoria Park on Sunday 18 June between 3pm and 6pm.
 
Jo’s family and friends launched the country-wide initiative to encourage communities and people to get together with their neighbours for a street party, shared picnic or barbecue over the weekend of 16-18 June – which marks the first anniversary of the MP’s death on 16 June 2016,
 
The Erewash Great Get Together gives all local residents the chance to take along their own picnics, blankets and seating to meet others. Ilkeston Brass will be on the newly restored bandstand to entertain party-goers and there will be free crafts and games for children.