Many of you will be familiar with our Community Wardens who patrol our Borough helping to make sure our neighbourhoods are safe.
Our younger residents are also being encouraged to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the future by joining our Junior Warden Scheme, which has now been running for eight years. The scheme currently runs in six schools across the Borough and is open to Year 6 pupils.
Junior Wardens are encouraged to contribute to their communities and be aware of their environment, while also having fun. Through our scheme they can take part in a variety of projects such as litter picking, bike marking and public speaking.
Particularly popular activities have been the intergenerational projects where young people meet with older residents to compare ‘then and now’. One such event saw them compare toys across the generations.
Mohammed Zain Ahmed helps run the sessions with fellow wardens, Mark Tomkinson and Zoran Matic.
"The scheme is young person driven and we encourage them to talk about the issues concerning them, and what could be done to make them feel safer in their environments," he said.
"Our young people are our future and it’s also their community, so we value their input. We make sure that their sessions are engaging and fun, and we’re very pleased to see so many schools involved."