Thursday, 6 March 2014

Reading time for Margate Task Force

Officers from Margate Task Force have this week gone out into the community to read with local school children ahead of World Book Day (6 March 2014).
The pupils from Cliftonville primary school were joined by Firefighter and Watch Manager Andrew Bigginton and Police Constable Scott Wilson for National Book Day. Andrew and Scott encouraged pupils with their reading and listened to individuals read aloud before answering questions about their jobs.
Margate Task Force brings together 14 different agencies and organisations that are co-located within the Thanet District Council Offices. This includes Thanet District Council, Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Thanet Community Networks, Kent County Council and Job Centre Plus.
The team work jointly to transform public services and improve efficiency. They collectively aim to reduce crime and ASB, improve housing conditions, improve access to work and skills and reduce health inequalities.
The team actively integrates themselves within their local community, and is always looking for opportunities to extend their support to residents - of all ages. They aim to ensure that those living and studying in Margate are aware of the work that is being carried out by the Task Force, and that local people can recognise local officers and have a positive rapport with them.
Cabinet Member for the Margate Task Force Cllr Iris Johnston says, ‘Anything which strengthens relationships between the Task Force and younger members of the community is fantastic. The Margate Task Force exists to collectively improve Margate and Cliftonville and any scheme which encourages young residents to engage with the team and understand their roles can only be beneficial in working towards this.’
Assistant Head Teacher of Cliftonville Primary School Louise Wilson said, ‘The officers were really enthusiastic and the children absolutely loved the experience. This kind of interaction where pupils familiarise themselves with key figures in the community and their roles in an informal setting is really beneficial for both their development and their understanding of the world around them. We hope this is just the beginning of future work with the Margate Task Force on this type of project.’
To get in touch with the Margate Task Force, or for more information call 01843 577536 or  For the latest updates residents can follow the team on Twitter @MTFThanet

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