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Newly-elected President of Sunderland Rotary Club, Sharad Trivedy, had the pleasant task of presenting the Albert Maltas Memorial Prize to Levinia Mathews at the Sunderland University Academic Awards ceremonies at the Stadium of Light. Levinia was the unanimous choice of the Department of Engineering as she has worked as a student representative and has assisted in many outreach and recruitment events promoting engineering to future generations, particularly female participants. Having undertaken a very successful placement with Cummins, she was offered a job there upon graduation. Albert Maltas was a member of Sunderland Rotary Club for over 52 years and is fondly remembered by his friends and colleagues.

Thanks to funding from Sunderland City Council, Blue Watch Youth Centre is delivering a Social Action and Volunteering Programme to support local projects in St Michael’s Ward. The first event, a community day at the Community Association, Stannington Grove, was supported by four local young people aged 17 to 22 years. Future events include a community litter pick, local children’s fundraising event and Christmas Fete. Anyone interested in getting involved in these events, contact Susan Ferguson on 0191 521 4060.

St John’s Scout Group Ashbrooke are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in working with children and young people between the ages of six and 18, contact for details of this and other Beavers, Cubs and Scouts groups in the Sunderland area.

The latest Open Arms coffee morning for carers in and around St Michael’s Ward will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, August 3, at St Nicholas Church Hall, Queen Alexandra Road, from 10.30am to noon.

Carers are invited to call along to meet and relax with other carers and to discuss their experiences.

This is a Sunderland Council East Area funded scheme with St Michael’s Ward councillor Michael Dixon (0191 551 7090) working closely with Stephanie Clark (0191 522 6444) from St Nicholas. For further details, contact the numbers provided. In addition, a warm invitation is extended to anyone from the ward that may be isolated in their own community and need company to the afternoon teas. This will take place at the same venue this Saturday, August 6, from 3.30pm to 5pm.

St Michael’s Residents’ Association held it latest meeting last week at Auckland Homes, Hill View Road. Residents were joined by the local Community Police Officer who gave out the latest crime figures in the area. Also in attendance were local ward councillors Michael Dixon, Robert Oliver and Peter Wood, who reported on many issues including litter, grass verges, road surfaces, parking and planning. The next meeting is on Wednesday, August 31, commencing 6.30pm, in the same venue.

The latest Northumbria Police, PACT meeting for St Michael’s Ward is tonight, August 2, starting 6pm, at Auckland Homes, Hill View Road. All local residents are welcome.