PCSO’s work with Riddings school steers team towards top award nomination

PCSO Richard Plant with youngsters from Riddings Infant School
PCSO Richard Plant with youngsters from Riddings Infant School

A PCSO from the Somercotes and Riddings Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team is part of a partnership in line for a national award to recognise its contribution to sustainable travel.

The nomination celebrates Richard Plant’s work for Derbyshire County Council’s Travel Smart initiative alongside Riddings Infant School, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and Microscooters UK to organise awareness raising visits and walks to school.

PCSO Plant helped set up visits to the school from police and fire service investigation dog units, as part of the school’s ‘People Who Help Us’ topic.

This was followed by a sponsored walk or wheel to school which raised more than £100 for the RSPCA and the school then ran walks every Wednesday for parents, children and teachers.

Adult scooters were loaned for the initiative and the officers security marked the youngsters’ equipment.

PCSO Plan said: “I’m honoured that after winning the regional awards, our work is now in the running for a Modeshift national award in sustainable travel.

“The success is all thanks to an excellent partnership between our officers, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue, Microscooters UK and of course the commitment of staff, parents and pupils at Riddings Infant School.”

The awards are given out annually by Modeshift, a national organisation which aims to increase active and sustainable modes of travel and supports the provision of skills, training and experience to allow young people to travel more actively, safely and independently.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday next week at the national Modeshift STARS Travel Awards which will be held at The Houses of Parliament in London.

The partnership was nominated by Derbyshire County Council’s Sustainable Travel Team who work to encourage and develop sustainable travel options across the county.

The awards recognise and reward Modeshift members for schemes, projects or other activities that support and encourage sustainable travel, by highlighting best practice, showing innovation and being inspirational

Nick Butler, national Modeshift Awards manager, said: “This project has demonstrated creativity and commitment to the cause of sustainable travel by integrating it throughout the academic year. Together the school has established an innovative and exciting rolling programme of activities with partners from the police and fire service to inspire and encourage more active ways to travel.”