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Police bid to spark community conversation on how to make Sutton Bridge a better place to live

Police aim to get people of Sutton Bridge talking about how to make the village a better place to live at a new World Cafe event.

Sutton Bridge is one of four pilot areas in Lincolnshire to take part in the Mutual Gain Project - a scheme designed to empower communities to make changes.

The World Cafe events are supposed to bring people together and discuss their 'needs, concerns, and opportunities for change'.

Inspector Nick Waters.
Inspector Nick Waters.

Sutton Bridge's will be held at the Curlew Centre on September 11.

Inspector Nick Waters said: “Our community in Sutton Bridge is at the edge of Lincolnshire and like so many areas in the county, has raised concerns around anti-social behaviour and crime.

“There is an appetite among those who live here to tackle these issues so they can make their village a better place to live.

“The World Café event will bring together people from all backgrounds, all walks of life and all ages in one room.

“This is an opportunity for those with good ideas and a sense of community, but whom perhaps haven’t had the chance before, to offer their thoughts in a relaxed environment.

“The biggest thing for me will be getting people talking to each other, people who may not have spoken to each other, otherwise.

“Mutual Gain has got a great track record of running these events and we hope and believe it will have a positive impact on the community.”

District councillor Chris Brewis believes the event can be a 'fantastic opportunity' for the community.

He said: “The more we can get people involved and give them influence over the local area, the better.”

Young people in the village have already been involved in designing a logo for the event.

World Cafe events are a type of community conference where people can sit at tables with trained facilitators and air their views.

The aim is to use the ideas raised as the basis of a plan for change - with a £5,000 funding pot to use to help bid for more cash to spend on suggestions.

The cash has come from police and crime commissioner Marc Jones.

He said: “Supporting communities to be and feel safe is a priority for my office and any attempt to engage with those communities is to be supported.

“Solving problems and addressing issues will always have a better chance of success with a partnership approach and the world café project is an innovative proposal.”

Anyone interested in finding out more can contact mark.housley@lincs.police.uk.

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