Crime reducing café up for award
A Coventry project, established in the wake of a spate of
crimes, has been shortlisted for a prestigious award by the West
Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Canley Pop Up Café aims to give people a sense of pride
in their local community and a place for them to go.
What's more it is paid for by money seized from
The Café' has been shortlisted for the PCC's Active Citizens
It was set up by Dr Nor Aziz in 2017 following a series of
crimes in the neighbourhood, including burglary, anti-social
behaviour and vandalism.
Over a warm hot chocolate or slice of cake, members of the
public are able to discuss local issues, learn about Canley's
history and take part in craft activities.
Students from Warwick University support the café by
delivering some of the activities.
Commenting on the project, the West Midlands Police and
Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, said: "The Canley Pop-Up Café
is a great example of money being taken from criminals and put to
"The café truly fosters community spirit and brings people
together to celebrate the rich history of Coventry.
"It shows the spirit and pride the local community have. I
am delighted to shortlist for an award."
Dr Nor Aziz, upon finding out her project had been
shortlisted, said: "I am keen to keep up the momentum now that the
café is doing so well.
"I have been a resident of Canley for more than 15 years and
I am happy to be giving something back to my local
"I noticed that crime was on the increase and that people
had lost a sense of pride in the area. This café brings people
together and offers them a space to take part in fun activities
that keeps them off the streets."
The Outstanding Citizens Awards take place on 5th