Graduation for Merton Priory Homes Junior Wardens
Published by Maike Riedel for Circle in Housing and also in Communities, Education
Merton Priory Homes Junior Wardens graduation
28 young students from Merton are all set to make their neighbourhood a great place to live after successfully completing a Junior Warden training programme. The ‘Merton Priory Homes Junior Warden’ scheme teaches young people about anti-social behaviour, its consequences and community activities.
On Wednesday, the excited Year 6 students from All Saints Primary School graduated in front of their proud parents and teachers. Mayor of Merton, Gilli Lewis-Lavender, together with Merton Priory Homes managing director, Pauline Ford, presented the new Junior Wardens at the school in South Wimbledon with their certificates.
Mayor of Merton Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender said: "I congratulate all our Merton Priory Homes Junior Wardens on the new vital skills they have learned on this course. It's great to see young people making positive changes to our community in this way and learning essential information about keeping Merton a borough we can all be proud of. These young residents have learned a good deal about ways to make our environment a pleasant and rewarding place to live and work, and their families are right to be very proud of them."
The Junior Warden course ran for ten weeks and encouraged young people to become more aware of their local environment and find out how they can make a positive difference in their community. This was the 16th Junior Warden Scheme run by the local housing association and over 500 young people have taken part so far.
The latest graduates learned about the role of a neighbourhood warden, anti-social behaviour as well as fire and road safety. Also part of the course were sessions in recycling and environmental crime, including graffiti, fly tipping and littering, and a litter pick atWandlePark, Colliers Wood. The group visited Deen City Farm, the All England Tennis Club and Merton Council’s CCTV Operations Room.
Roxanna Kalati-O'Donnell said: “At the farm we saw all the cute, fluffy animals that made funny, weird noises. I also liked going to Wimbledon Tennis courts. We also went litter picking which as so much fun as well! Overall, it was the best time ever and I learned a lot.”
The housing association will continue to work with these Junior Wardens and local schools to help sustain the positive work they have already begun.
Pauline Ford, managing director of Merton Priory Homes, said: ”We are really pleased with the success of the Junior Warden scheme. This is such a good group of young people to work with and it’s great to see them get their qualification. At Merton we are passionate about enhancing the life chances of residents and projects like this have a positive effect on the entire community.”