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Junior Wardens 'pass out' with flying colours!

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Published by Liz Reeson for Two Rivers Housing in Housing and also in Communities, Education, Environment, Health, Local Government

Coleford's Junior Wardens celebrate after a year of looking after their local community Coleford's Junior Wardens celebrate after a year of looking after their local community

The end of the school term is cause for double celebration for Year 5 and 6 students at St John’s C of E Academy in Coleford.

Friday’s assembly saw the presentation of certificates to 24 pupils who took part in Two Rivers Housing’s first Junior Warden scheme, marking the end of a year-long project to improve the neighbourhood around the school.

The Junior Warden scheme has been hailed a great success in encouraging the students – many of whom live in Two Rivers homes – to take pride in the area where they live and go to school. They have also been keen to spread the word to their friends, families and neighbours, and involve the rest of the community.

Each child started by saying what concerned them the most about the local area, and then they set about tackling the issues one-by-one with street inspections, litter-picking and monitoring the speed of motorists in one of the busy roads close to the school.

The project has been supported throughout by the Street Wardens at Forest of Dean District Council and Gloucestershire Police.

“This has been a brilliant start to our Junior Warden scheme,” said Jon Coe, Director of Customer Services at Two Rivers Housing, who presented the certificates.

“Two Rivers is keen to create positive communities where people like to live and, thanks to the enthusiasm of the children, and superb support from the staff at St John’s, the Street Wardens and the Police, I believe we have all helped to achieve that in Coleford.

Julie Griffiths, Deputy Headteacher at St John’s Academy, said: “The scheme has raised awareness of local issues. The children have looked forward to their work in the community and have taken their responsibilities very seriously.  My thanks go to everyone involved in the project.”

Two Rivers Housing will return to St John’s next term to work with another group of children, whilst extending the project to include schools in Cinderford and Newent.

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