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Lakers students teach Two Rivers tenants


Published by Liz Reeson for Two Rivers Housing in Education and also in Communities

Residents at one of Two Rivers Housing’s HomePLUS Schemes were recently treated to a performance by year 8 pupils of Lakers School to help them to increase their awareness of scams and cold calling.

The show, which was named ‘Don’t get tricked’, included numerous sketches performed by the students outlining different ways in which the elderly can be fooled into giving away their money or letting people into their homes.

The performance at the Two Rivers Housing scheme, George Place in Coleford, was the fourth time the students had acted it out, having already been shown in Bream, Lydney and Kings Mead.

Two Rivers Housing Neighbourhood Assistant, Claire Carter thought the sketches were put together very well.  She said: “The sketches were performed in a very humorous, but factual way and I’m sure our tenants who watched the show picked up a couple of tips – I know I certainly did!”

The play was the brainchild of Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Neil Evans, who had noticed an increase of cold callers tricking the elderly around the Forest of Dean.  He contacted Lakers School and gave a talk to the children explaining the different situations in which elderly people have been caught out.  From there, the students put together the sketches themselves with the guidance of their teacher, Carol Evans. She said: “When the PCSO came in to give us a talk about these tricks, the children were brimming with ideas.  It was great to see the children bringing these hoaxes described by the PCSO to life.  I’m sure that what the children have learnt will stay with them as they grow up and undoubtedly make them think twice about situations they find themselves in in the future.”

Mrs Davies, a resident in Coleford, who watched the play at George Place said: “It was really very good.  It was humorous and interesting and the information was put across in a very creative way.  I was in a situation very similar to one which they played out – it’s very easy to get scammed and these sketches have made me think twice about letting people into my home.”


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