Ipswich Lions Club continue to support the Community Safety Team
Published Monday 23rd April 2012
Ipswich Lions Club have pledged their continuing support for two community safety programmes – Crucial Crew and the I Will Be project.
At their annual Charter Dinner at Greshams Sports Club, the Lions presented cheques to Ipswich Borough Council Community Safety Project Officer Lily Taylor (I Will Be) and to ex-Fire Officer Dave Long and members of the Community Safety Team (Crucial Crew).
For the past number of years the club has supported the personal safety education event, Crucial Crew, which has been running since 1994. Dave Long, Jim Manning, head of Community Safety and a colleague from the Suffolk Probation Service, originally set up the event and since its launch over 35,000 young people have attended. Dave continues to volunteer for the event and joined the team on Saturday to accept the cheque and talk about benefits the project brings to 10 and 11 year olds in Ipswich.
The Lions Club has also supported the I Will Be project that is run by the Community Safety Team in partnership with the Making Tracks youth centre. The Lions supported the implementation of the project in the Triangle estate and on Saturday provided a cheque to support the development of the project at other Making Tracks centres in Ipswich. Lily Taylor said: "We are very grateful to the Lions Club for their continued support that helps ensure these projects run, delivering important safety messages to young people in Ipswich."
The Lions Club of Ipswich is part of "Lions International", a worldwide, voluntary, community service organisation with over 45,000 clubs in 206 countries, comprising more than 1,350,000 members.
Photograph: Dave Long, retired Fire Officer, and members of the Community Safety Team.