Organisations from across Northamptonshire joined forces to provide pupils from Wellingborough with a unique opportunity to learn about how they can help towards a cleaner and safer environment.
Representatives from Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service, Wellingborough Homes and Wellingborough Council’s partners Norse delivered educational and interactive sessions, to year five pupils at Park Junior School, Wellingborough last month.
The workshops formed part of a scheme between agencies, Young Citizens Day, which aims to raise awareness of how organisations work together and educate youngsters on the part they play in creating a cleaner, safer and healthier environment.
Youngsters spent the day learning about how essential recycling is and looking after the environment, SMOKE alarm checks and the importance of making a fire escape plan, as well as the role of a social landlord.
Chair of the Norse Liaison Board, Cllr Tim Allebone, said: “The Young Citizens Day provided colleagues at Wellingborough Norse with the chance to speak to the younger members of our society about the importance of looking after the environment, and the role they play in helping to make Wellingborough a place we can all be proud of. I hope that they enjoyed the day and learnt something new that will help them continue to look after our local environment.”
James Waterton, Housing Services Manager at Wellingborough Homes, said: “The day was very successful and it provided us with an opportunity to explain to the pupils what a social landlord does, as well as asking them what they liked best about where they lived but also what they would improve. The pupils engaged very well throughout the day and gave some great feedback at the end.”
Community safety officer Jo Gouldson said: “The Young Citizens Day in Wellingborough worked brilliantly and we were really impressed by how much the pupils there really listened and took note of the important messages we were talking about.
“The day gave us a great opportunity to talk over some essential fire safety points, which we hope the pupils will then take home and pass on to the rest of their families; for example the importance of taking time out at home to work out an escape plan in case a fire should ever break out, and making sure they check their smoke alarms at least once a month. We also tested their knowledge from the presentation with a fun quiz at the end.”
Organisations will continue to work together to provide pupils with everything they need to know to continue to be responsible young citizens. The next Young Citizens Day is due to take place in March