Merton Scores a Hatrick

One of Merton’s Neighborhood Wardens has been recognised for his hard work by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM).

Ian Fall, who manages Merton’s Community Warden Scheme, received a commendation in the Manager of the Year category of the ODPM’s 2004 Warden Achievement Awards, which were held in Birmingham earlier this month.

The Awards were part of the fifth annual Wardens National Conference and were presented by the ODPM’s Minister for Regeneration, Jeff Rooker.

Ian was congratulated for his work with the Merton Neighborhood Wardens Scheme, which aims to improve services, support victims of crime and tackle anti-social behaviour by patrolling and networking with police and residents in the area.

The scheme’s first clean-up event in Pollards Hill last year won an ENCAMS Clean and Safe Award. The event brought residents, police and school children together for the common purpose of improving their local area and was given a kite mark for good practice.

He was also recognised for his regular attendance at police weekly tactical crime and tasking group meetings as well as assisting in increasing interaction and intelligence between the two agencies.

Mr Fall said he could not have achieved such success if it wasn’t for the support, hard work and efforts of his colleagues. He said:
“This award makes it a hatrick for the our team…. we are so pleased that our efforts in ensuring an excellent level of service provision has been recognized and made an example of.”

Jeff Rooker said at the awards, “Listening to local people – both young and old – and acting on their concerns and ideas is one of the things neighbourhood wardens do best. The Government is committed to cohesive, thriving communities where everybody has a stake.
We appreciate the crucial role wardens can play in bringing this about.”

The ENCAMS award followed an ODPM personal achievement win for the scheme in 2002 for youth work completed in Pollards Hill.
Ian will continue to lead the way for neighborhood wardens across London with the launch of a regional Warden Resource Centre later this year. He will manage this Morden-based training facility.