BALLYCUMBER moved to make its community safer with the launch of its Community alert group last week.
Representatives from An Garda Siochana, Muintir na Tire and local councillors were joined by members of the local community. Gerry Kelly, the Chairperson, welcomed everyone to the launch, which took place in the community centre.
A presentation was then given on community alert works while an outline about how personal alarms and pendants and grants that are available to the elderly and vulnerable people in the community. Cllr John Leahy complimented the “great community spirit” in the area and wished the committee and co-ordinators well and told the committee he would give them whatever help he could and to keep in touch with him.
The first meeting of the group was held in November 2011 and had been called by Fr James McKiernan and Sgt Graham Kavanagh, who is the liaison officer to the Ballycumber group.
The Sergeant thanked the committee for their work and the co-ordinator for all their help. He spoke about the community alert phone and how a community like Ballycumber could benefit from having a very active group in the area.
From there, a committee was formed and a co-ordinator from every area was elected. All the households in the are were then contacted to make them aware of safety and security issue relating to their person and property as well as the community at large.
Launching the community alert, Superintendent John Moloney said resources are less now than in the Celtic Tiger era and community alert groups can help. He pointed out that it is important in rural areas that neighbours keep an eye out for each other and the vulnerable in the community.
Meanwhile, if any member of the community would like their mobile number added to the text alert service please give to a committee member or you co-ordinator to pass on while signs highlighting the alert group will be visible in the village and surrounding areas in the coming weeks.