Marvyn Joseph has worked for Telford and Wrekin Council since 2005, working across a number of different roles from Sports and Leisure, Public Health and now in Neighbourhood services working on the Safer & Stronger Communities project since it launched in May, 2021.
Safer stronger ward areas include; Sutton Hill, Woodside (Madeley), Brookside, The Nedge, Arleston, College and Haygate.
Working with the local community and community groups / partners - Marvyn has worked closely on two safer street projects in Sutton hill and College wards and helped establish a number of youth engagement activities across such as; The Urban Games, Friday football, Shropshire Cricket chance to shine, making changes Woodside youth club.
Marvyn is always looking to support local community groups to help improve and overcome barriers within the community.
Gillian Denning joined the team in February 2022 and brings a background of community work to the team.
With a flair for engaging events, Gillian is passionate about community work and applied for the position as she believes everyone should be happy where they live.
She said: “Being a neighbourhood coordinator means I can talk to people face to face and support them with making the changes, they want to see. This project enables me to make sure people of all ages and abilities have a chance to have a say and the support to bring about change for the better.”
Gillian’s areas include Hadley and Leegomery, St George’s, Oakengates and Ketley Bank and Wrockwardine Wood and Trench and despite joining the team a few months after the launch, she is now organising roadshows to meet communities with Leegomery seeing the biggest impact so far in the woodland area near the community centre being converted into a wildlife haven for public use.
With a background working with Shropshire Council, the Police and probation service, events, adults at risk, housing and community work, Gillian’s skills mean she is well equipped to help make things happen and bring communities together.
The Safer and Stronger programme aims to help make areas safer, cleaner and better places to live and is funded with help from Telford & Wrekin Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion. Telford & Wrekin Council has contributed £2 million with an additional £500,000 invested by the PCC, over a two-year period.
Simon Haydon commenced his role as one of the three Neighbourhood Coordinators (NHC) in May of 2021. He has previously worked as a Probation Officer, manager in local authority substance misuse teams and in Public Health before moving into roles in the private sector. He then returned to Telford & Wrekin Council to commence his current role.
Simon is responsible for the Neighbourhood Actions plans (NAP’s) for the areas of Donnington, Dawley and Aqueduct, Malinslee and Dawley Bank and Ketley and Overdale.
The Safer and Stronger programme aims to help make areas safer, cleaner and better places to live. Simon stated that he feels the NHC role is a real opportunity to engage and support the assets that are in each of the communities that he works in, whether those be individuals, groups or places. Facilitating connections and promoting co-production to improve both how safe residents feel as well as maximising opportunities to help improve both the physical and mental health of all residents.
Last updated: 16/02/2023 13:43