The Whitley Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) agreed that it should focus on youth provision and engagement at its meeting on Thursday 27 April.
The Whitley Amateur Boxing Club was singled out for being a successful and effective way of engaging local youngsters, some of whom have been referred there by community police with positive results. The Whitley Community Development Association, the John Madejski Academy and South Reading Football Club were also cited as doing some great work for local youngsters.
Officers from Thames Valley Police explained about the dark phenomenon of ‘cuckooing’. This is when a drug dealer moves in with a vulnerable person, takes over the property and turns it into a centre for criminal activity.
The NAG agreed that drug related crime is as major a problem in Whitley as elsewhere and police appealed for community help in identifying such activities.
NAG name change
The group discussed changing their name because ‘NAG’ has obvious negative connotations. ‘Love Whitley’ was raised as one possibility.
Fire station open day
The Whitley NAG will have a stand at the Whitley Wood fire station family open day on Saturday 6 May from 12pm to 4pm.
Matthew Farrall, the author of this article, died on 20 April 2018.
We are grateful to his family for allowing us to continue to display his work online.
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