A street association scheme that helps tackle loneliness, social isolation and doorstep crime across the county has been named among the best nationally.

Bucks County Council’s Street Associations scheme has been named one of nine leading community projects and the Local Government Chronicle Awards.

The scheme aims to provide residents with resources and free workshops to heighten awareness of issues such as doorstep crime, scams, dementia awareness and domestic abuse.

Cabinet member for community engagement and public health at BCC, Noel Brown, said: “We've been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of residents who have become involved in these six street association pilots.

"The success is down to their commitment to restore community spirit: making their communities places where neighbours look out for each other, and where those who are vulnerable feel safe."

The six pilots were set up 18 months ago in Hughenden, Aylesbury, Princes Risborough , Chesham and Burnham.

Now another 13 communities have asked for information about how to start a street association.

The street associations’ project lead, Helen Cavill, said over the past 18 months 200 streets have been involved in the six pilot schemes and 225 residents have received awareness training.

People who would like to start a street association can request a starter pack online – which includes a directory of local organisations, tips on organising community get togethers, plus guidance on trouble signs to watch for.

For more information on how to start a street association, visit: https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/community/helping-your-community/street-associations/