- Paul Brown
SPARE a thought for the carers of people with Alzheimer’s Disease!
That was the heartfelt plea from Jean Bailey, care support officer for the Derby branch of the Alzheimer’s Society, prior to the start of Alzheimer's Awareness Week on Sunday.
Mrs Bailey told the Trader: “Carers desperately need support. They are looking after someone who has the fourth fastest growing illness in the world but they often don’t realise they have to look after themselves.
“They need our support because it is a long hard road.”
She continued: “I can hear the absolute horror in the voices of relatives when they ring me. “You can feel the anguish when a relative says - ‘my mother has Alzheimer's, what am I going to do?’ “
“They sound totally devastated.”
Mrs Bailey spoke of the everyday problems carers suffer.
She added: “Carers suffer from loneliness and isolation. It’s so incredibly hard for them - they often can’t get out and can’t do normal household things like going shopping and they are usually very, very tired.”
She also highlighted the importance of raising awareness of the impact of dementia.
She said: “Dementia is an evil disease. It is important to highlight the impact dementia has on everyday life and how people with dementia and their carers cope with the challenges dementia brings.”
The Derby branch has organised collections at Tesco in Mickleover on Saturday, July 6 and July 7.
Mrs Bailey added: “ I am making an urgent appeal for people to come along and give generously to our collections.
“Come and support us - you can make a difference.”
- Paul Brown
IF you’ve got a problem, come along!
A network of police surgeries has been set up in the Sinfin, Littleover and Mickleover areas to make officers more accessible to their communities.
And Sergeant Dave Simmonds told the Trader yesterday (Wednesday): “We are convinced that a lot of people have local problems but don’t think that ringing the police is justified because they think we’re too busy.
“They think ‘our problem is minor, we won’t bother the police.’ “
He added: “These new surgeries are for people just like that. No matter is too small if they have a policing concern in their neighbourhood. I encourage these people to attend.
“From Monday we will hold weekly meetings so that people know where and when to find their local officer.”
More beat bobbies will also be returning to Derby streets as part of this ongoing re-organisation of Derbyshire Police
Sgt Simmonds said: “The introduction of beat constables is another important initiative because people like to see police officers walking and patrolling the area.
“We have consulted with local agencies, residents and neighbourhood watch groups and their reaction to these new initiatives was very positive.
“They made it clear that they feel much safer and more confident with beat constables around.
“They are delighted that a named and known officer is patrolling the beat.”
He added: “These new initiative shows that the police are being pro-active rather than reactive.
“We will talk to residents and plan solutions and identify problems and trends rather than just reacting to problems
“We are confident that these initiatives will help continue our fight against crime.”
The new beat constables are PC Nick Daines (Stenson Fields), PC Tex Avery (New Sinfin), PC Letti Ramwell (Old Sinfin), PC Keith Bird (Sunnyhill), PC Ted Turner (Blagreaves), PC Carol McDonald (Littleover), PC Kate Bateman (Mickleover) and PC Ian Furniss (Heatherton).
- Paul Brown
- June 7, 2001
A TASK force has been set up to tackle the ‘sex market’ in Normanton.
The group includes local residents, support agencies, Derby City Council, Social Services and the police.
The task force will meet and refer back to the Crime and Drug Abuse Advisory Group.
Sally Butler is a member of the group which has been set up by Derby City Partnership to develop projects to solve problems in the area.
She told the Trader: “There has been a significant sex market in Normanton for a number of years.
“It is very early in the process but the task force will try and identify what is happening and try to find solutions - both short-term and long-term.
“For example, the group may look at street lighting in Normanton and see if that adds to the problem.”
She added: “It is very important to involve local residents in this group because they know all about the anti-social problems that go hand-in-hand with prostitution.
“The group will also look at the possibility of a link between the sex and drug markets in Normanton.”
She continued: “Prostitution was identified as a problem through consultation with local residents, who are fed up with it and its knock on effects.
“The issue of prostitution is a priority and the group will explore the real causes of the problem.”
Derby city councillor Maurice Burgess attended the initial meetings and told the Trader: “I got involved in the task group because I am a local councillor and local resident.
“It is important to raise the profile of Normanton and one of the ways of doing this is to look at the reasons why girls get involved in prostitution.”
He added: “Local residents are unhappy and hopefully, the group can tackle the problem effectively and eliminate it.”
Derby City Partnership was awarded £6.8 million of government funding under round six of the Single Regeneration Budget.
It will be spent in Normanton, over the next seven years, tackling social and economic problems, reducing crime and drug abuse and developing community involvement and leadership.
- Paul Brown
A POLICE scheme to eliminate the problem of nuisance youths has been set up in Mickleover.
Mickleover Action Group was formed to try and tackle the problems in the area.
Tony Williams, chairman of the action group, told The Trader: “Local people have noticed a significant increase in the problems caused by children and young people in Mickleover.
“This is evident in certain ‘hotspots’ within the village and the incidents are occasionally serious but mainly can be categorised as minor crimes and general anti-social behaviour.”
He added: “Gangs of youths cause damage to property, intimidate the elderly and the young and use alcohol and drugs.”
And now Derby Police has set up Operation Ladder - a new scheme to tackle the problems.
WPC Kate Bateman, police representative in the action group, said: “ We have problems in Mickleover - especially ‘hot spots’ in Bramblebrook Park near Devonshire Drive and Vicarage Park near Ladybank Road.
“Gangs of youths congregate in the area - some from other areas - and mainly make a nuisance of themselves and intimidate people.”
She continued: “Operation Ladder has now been set up to tackle the problem. A van with video surveillance equipment will patrol the area on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and there will be a mobile phone aboard the van.
“People in Mickleover who have had problems with the youths before will be given the mobile number.”
She added: “If they see any trouble, they can ring the number and the van will proceed to the scene.
“There are two advantages in the scheme. Firstly, ringing the mobile number will be quicker because ringing through to the police control number is often frustrating.
“Also video equipment is very useful because it acts as a deterrent because youths don’t want to get caught on film.
“This operation will enable more effective policing and monitoring of the situation in Mickleover.”
The next meeting of the action group takes place at Mickleover Community Centre on May 24 at 7.30pm.
- Paul Brown
A DERBY voluntary group is celebrating after a National Lottery grant saved it from the threat of folding.
Austin Community Enterprises (ACE) has received £78,794 from the National Lottery’s Community Fund.
The non-profit making organisation provides opportunities of training, support and advice to the local community and was established in 1994.
It operates an advice centre on Browning Circle in Old Normanton and in 1996 began an after-school childcare service offering child care to residents.
The ACE Club, based in the ACE Childcare and Training Centre on Grange Avenue, Derby, offers child care places for two to four-year-old children five mornings a week. It has a well equipped play area and fully qualified staff.
Charles Gilbert, centre manager of ACE, said: “This grant is absolutely vital. It was tremendous news when we found out. This money will now secure our future for the next two years.”
He continued: “Half of the money will help us to continue to run our advice centre on Browning Circle, Old Normanton, and the other half will help us to continue to run the childcare and training centre on Grange Avenue, Derby.”
He added: “This money is so vital to enable us to provide key services for local residents.
“We are a voluntary, non-profit making organisation and we are very short of funds and this grant will make a huge and substantial difference.”
He continued: “The advice centre was in serious danger of folding and the childcare centre was struggling to break even so you can imagine how important the money is.”
Joe Allen, the National Lottery Community Fund’s regional awards committee chair, said: “We are renewing our commitment to supporting those at greatest disadvantage in society - by making sure the process of getting much needed funding is as straightforward and accessible as possible.”
Groups wanting an application from should contact 0845 791 9191.