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Colchester Borough Homes to mark UK’s first ASB Awareness Week

CBH MAD Day Team
 
 
Colchester Borough Homes to mark UK’s first ASB Awareness Week
 
Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) is supporting a national campaign that is bringing together people and organisations to take a stand against anti-social behaviour (ASB) and help make their communities safer.
 
Running from July 19 to 25, ASB Awareness Week – Making Communities Safer aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the options available to those facing it.
 
Organised by community safety specialists Resolve, ASB Awareness Week is backed by the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Local Government Association, National Police Chiefs’ Council and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council.
 
In Colchester, CBH has joined forces with Colchester Garrison to organise Operation Pegasus Pathway. The experience day with The Parachute Regiment is open to anyone aged 10-18 years of age who has not engaged in anti-social behaviour in the previous three months.
 
Taking place on the 23rd and 24 July, through fun and competitive activities, the scheme aims to educate youngsters about the Pegasus Ethos, which sets out the values and standards expected of paratroopers.
 
Youngsters will be able to experience Merville Barracks’ state-of-the-art Urban Training Facility, strap on a parachute and learn the drills to land safely, and spend the night out in Friday Woods to learn about camouflage and fieldcraft.
 
Operation Pegasus Pathway forms part of Project Morpheus, a wide-ranging multi-agency initiative launched in May 2022, which is aimed at preventing anti-social behaviour among young people.
 
Colchester Borough Homes Chief Executive, Philip Sullivan, said: “By working together with our partners to address issues of crime and anti-social behaviour, we can begin to make a real difference to improve the quality of life for residents and make Colchester safer for all.
 
“We know that anti-social behaviour can cause much distress for those who experience it and hope that by raising awareness of what ASB is and the different routes on how to report it, this will be a step in the right direction to help keep communities safer.
 
“Everyone involved in ASB Awareness Week and Project Morpheus is committed to sharing their knowledge, skills and expertise to help steer young people away from behaviours that blight communities and can also damage their own prospects for a happier and more fulfilling life.”
 
Rebecca Bryant OBE, Chief Executive of Resolve, said: “We need to change the way we think about ASB. It is not low-level crime. It devastates the lives of victims and communities and can be a precursor to more serious crime.
 
“As the nation begins to recover from the impact of the pandemic and our society and economy celebrates the start of return to normal life, it is important that the challenge of ASB continues to be given the priority it needs nationally and locally so that people feel safe in their homes and communities.
 
“We are delighted to have Colchester Borough Homes and Colchester Garrison involved in this hugely important and successful campaign.
 
“It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB.
 
“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home and community.”
 
For more information visit: www.resolveuk.org.uk/asbawarenessweek