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Mansfield's first Mamba seminar a success

More than 50 people from a variety of organisations attended a seminar to hear what Mansfield is doing to tackle Mamba and to share their own experiences and ideas.

Mansfield District Council, in conjunction with Bassetlaw District Council, hosted a learning workshop - 'Mamba and our towns: what is working and where are the gaps? - at Mansfield Civic Centre yesterday (4 October). Following its great success, there are plans for other similar events in the future.

The seminar attracted representatives from various agencies including the Police, NHS, Framework, Change Grow Live (CGL), plus representatives from Leeds City Council's street outreach team.

The aim of the event was to share experiences and ideas on how to tackle the issue. There were presentations on outreach work, police enforcement and the challenges faced including the high level of mental health issues among the street community. 

Cllr Bill Drewett, Portfolio Holder for Safer Communities at Mansfield District Council, said: "It was very useful to hear other experiences and was extremely reassuring to know that here in Mansfield we are doing everything we possibly can.

"We are focusing on the individuals and offering them all the help and support possible to help them turn their lives around, alongside a strong police response to ensure enforcement action is taken where needed.

"It was acknowledged that this is a complex problem that requires joined-up commitment not just from councils and their community safety and outreach teams but also from public health and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs - which are part of the NHS). 

"We need to keep working together and learning from each other to ensure we continue to make good progress tackling this national issue."

Inspector Nick Butler of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "This was a fantastic event and gave us all a chance to share ideas and talk about our own experiences to make sure our solution is as good as it can be.

"We have spoken to the College of Policing and they have said Mansfield is leading the way and as a result we have a number of other police areas coming to study our approach.

"Whilst we have a lot more to do I am very proud of our partnership approach to this challenge. The key thing for me is we are getting people off drugs and leading more productive lives. I'd like to thank Mansfield and Bassetlaw district councils for organising the event."

Following the workshop, a report summarising the day will be created and presented to the chief executives of the various organisations that attended. 

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