Headlines: January 31st, 2003

A campaign to involve tens of thousands of tenants in fighting crime and anti- social behaviour has been launched today by Home Office Minister John Denham. The Home Office in collaboration with the Tenants Participation Advisory Service, designed a new training programme to help residents groups tackle the issues that most affect their communities. There will also be a new award scheme ‘Participation into Practice Award 2003’ which showcases the best practical examples of community groups tackling anti-social behaviour and crime.The ‘Crime Reduction Basics’ training manual for community groups covers in detail what groups and individuals can do to tackle the issue of crime reduction in their area. It includes advice on how people can help in individual ways, factual information on what people are entitled to expect from their local services and case studies of what works.

The Tenants Participation Advisory Service has direct links with community leaders. It has a membership of 300 social landlords and 900 tenant groups. It aims to work with landlords and tenants to share good-practice, build strong communities and tackle problems positively.

Links: Competition details: http://www.tpas.org.uk

Training manual: http://www.crimereduction.gov.uk

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