Chichester District Councils' Cabinet has agreed to fund half of the service, allocating just over £126,000 each year until 2021. Cabinet also agreed to fully fund the senior community warden for the same period. The funding is subject to match funding from partners.

 

 

 

 

The community warden service has been operating since 2005 in several areas of the district:

  • Chichester East
  • Chichester West
  • Chichester South
  • Selsey north and south
  • Tangmere and Oving, and
  • East and West Wittering.

The eight-strong team offers a visible presence in their communities, working with residents to reduce low-level crime and tackle social issues. They work closely with key organisations in their specific areas such as schools, charities, voluntary organisations and businesses.

They also act as a link between residents and police and have proved to be extremely effective in tackling problems such as anti-social behaviour and checking in on vulnerable and isolated members of the community. They also support other council initiatives at a local level such as the current Against Litter campaign and youth engagement projects.

"Our community wardens do an excellent job of helping make the areas they serve safer for residents and we really value the work that they do," says Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council. "In a recent survey people said they find it an easy service to access and that it is effective in dealing with a variety of issues. 

"While the wardens help deal with a large proportion of crime related incidents, they also do a lot of support work behind the scenes working with community organisations and individuals, particularly supporting elderly people who are on their own, and this work is invaluable. They provide peace of mind and reassurance.

"Because they are based in a specific area, the wardens know their communities inside out and have excellent links across the neighbourhood, which means they can help direct residents to further support that the council and other organisations can provide."

Date of release: 4 September 2018

Reference: 3835