As another academic year begins, the Northland Community Safety Wardens have been talking to the latest batch of freshers to give them top tips on being a good neighbour.
The wardens have been busy getting to know students starting their first academic year both at the North West Regional College and University of Ulster Magee Campus in a bid to ensure that the year runs smoothly for everyone living within the educational precinct of the city.
The Northland Community Safety Warden Scheme aims to address issues of low-level anti-social and nuisance behavior in the residential area surrounding the Magee Campus. The presence of the wardens acts as a deterrent to anti-social behavior occurring and reduces the fear of crime in the community for both residents and students alike.
The scheme is managed by the Derry City Council Community Safety Partnership (CSP) and delivered in partnership with the University of Ulster, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, North West Regional College, Derry City Council and Duncreggan/Aberfoyle Residents Association.
Speaking about the success of the scheme, Chairperson of the CSP, Councillor Elisha McCallion, said: “These wardens provide an essential link between students, residents and statutory agencies regarding environmental and anti-social issues within the locale of the university. The Magee campus is situated in the heart of a residential area so every student is part of a close community and the wardens play a key role in building positive relationships, offering advice and support to every member of the community.”
The scheme has four community safety wardens providing a dedicated patrol service throughout the neighbourhoods surrounding the Magee Campus from 10pm until 5am from Sunday to Thursday.
A leaflet explaining how the scheme works and offering top tips on being a good neighbour and warden contact details will be distributed to all homes throughout the university area in the coming weeks. For further information contact the Derry City Council Community Safety Partnership 02871 376576.