Hi, I'm Hannah Shepherd from the Central Taranaki Safe Community Trust (CTSCT).

Based in the Stratford Police Station, our trust has been working hard to make sure the Central Taranaki is a safe place to live work and play.

The trust is going to keep you updated on all we are doing, with a regular column in the Stratford Press.

Di Gleeson, our community safety officer, looks after our Central Taranaki Neighbourhood Support and Community Patrol.

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As part of my role as the community project officer, I get the fun job of being on the ground making sure our safety initiatives come to life and make the impact our community needs.

Di and I have been gearing up for the busy year ahead as CTSCT look to focus on all things safety.

Our main focus for 2019 will be crime prevention, child safety, road safety, mental health and wellbeing, home safety and the big community building projects including Pink Shirt Day.

Stay up to date with our upcoming projects by following our Facebook page, or checking our website.

Di has been kept busy working hard on Neighbours Day, in conjunction with Neighbourhood Support New Zealand. Neighbours Day is our annual multiple-street BBQ party!

Have you met your neighbours? Are they prepared to help you in an emergency?

Get to know your neighbours a little better by hosting a Neighbours Day street party between March 22 and 31.

We had 12 awesome streets participate in 2018 – but we are looking to make this year even better! Register your event with us to score your street a free meat pack worth $130 from the Family Butchery *conditions apply.

If this sounds like you (I know I like the sound of free food), then contact us on (06) 765 8863 or email Di at safetrust@xtra.co.nz to register! www.safewatch.org.nz | facebook.com/ctsafect