Scheme teaches children to care about their community

Published: Friday, 10 August 2018

A Junior Warden scheme that helps to teach children to care more about their local community, has successfully been trialled in the Eastern District.

The scheme, which has been running for a few years, was revamped and delivered during the 2017/18 school year in four schools in Lings, Lumbertubs, Woodvale and Blackthorn.

During a two-month focus in each school, 180 year five pupils in total learned more about the environment and the short and long term effects of littering and fly tipping. As well as the penalties people face if caught doing these activities.

In addition, the pupils learned about gang culture, hate crime, cyber bullying and how to stay safe, online as well as in the community.

The Junior Warden scheme sessions involved a mix of classroom discussions, presentations, litter picks as well as a visit to Hazard Alley Safety Centre Milton Key, which enabled them to put everything they had learned into practice.

Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “We all have a responsibility for the environment and the Junior Warden scheme was a great way to reach out to younger generations and teach them how they can do their bit to keep their areas safe and clean.

“As well as learning important information about personal safety and the environment, students and teachers alike fed back how much they enjoyed the sessions. And they’re looking forward to the scheme returning again in the new school year.

“Since the trial of the new look scheme was a success, we will now look to spread this positive activity throughout the town, with all neighbourhood wardens running the scheme in schools in their area.”