The new Community Ambassadors were formally launched and inducted at the Young Citizenship celebration evening on Wednesday 8th July at Kidderminster Town Hall by the Deputy West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr Barrie Sheldon and members from the Worcestershire Youth Cabinet.
Last week saw the training of the new group of Community Ambassadors who take up their role in September.
Over 70 students, across Wyre Forest and Hagley, joined forces to learn how to promote positive messages on community safety and citizenship to their peers.
The training, delivered by Vestia, was a huge success with all the participants really getting involved, overcoming their nerves and working well together.
The Community Ambassadors learnt how to recognise their skills and qualities; the various methods available to help improve their confidence when speaking in public, waus of sourcing information and how to deliver factual presentations and events on the issues of personal safety, anti-bullying, healthy relations and crime prevention.
The project is jointly managed by Safer Wyre Forest and The ContinU Trust and funded by the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner. Schools involved in the project are Baxter College, The Bewdley School, ContinU Plus Academy, Hagley Catholic High School, Wolverley C of E Secondary, Stourport High School, King Charles 1 School and Haybridge High School.
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The Community Ambassadors recently met with the Worcestershire County Council’s Voluntary Youth Services and PCSO Denise Thompson to look at promoting Junior PACT, with partners and communities working together to engage our young people on issues that matter to them.
In their role as Ambassadors they were asked to put ideas forward on what they think affect young people either in their communities or in school. A range of things were discussed such as road safety, parent’s attitudes, internet safety, behaviour etc.
Community Ambassadors have been working with CONNECTING NEIGHBOURHOODS CIC who were awarded funding by the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner to work with young people to produce 3 community safety themed short videos.
A series of films based around young people, domestic abuse, drugs and the police are being made and posted onto the new website www.cameraactionyoungpeople.co.uk/community-ambassadors/
A few of the Community Ambassadors have been filmed explaining their role and how they can promote positive key messages to their peers in school and outside of school around issues like: crime prevention, anti-bullying, healthy relationships, volunteering, citizenship and staying safe.
Baxter College delivered assemblies to Year 8 pupils on “Sexting” as part of the 2015 Safer Internet Day.
The Community Ambassadors shared the presentation, explaining what “Sexting” was, the dangers and consequences of it and where you can go for help and advice. Check out their presentation which also includes information on body image.
The Haybridge Community Ambassadors delivered Safer Internet themed assemblies in school to mark SID 2015. All the ambassadors shared the presentation, which looked at digital footprints, inappropriate image sharing, the important of sharing issues with responsible adults and cyber-bullying but also looked at the positive and constructive ways the internet can be used – for example by raising funds and awareness for charities.
The Community Ambassadors at Baxter College were asked on behalf of the school, to show the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Barrie Sheldon and Inspector 3752 Edd Williams of The Safer Neighbourhood Team in Kidderminster around the school site on Friday 29th January 2015.
The Deputy PCC was interested in the work that the girls were doing in promoting safety messages, internet safety, domestic violence, anti-bullying, healthy relationships etc….to the other pupils at Baxter College in their role as Community Ambassadors.
Today Inspector Edd Williams, Safer Neighbourhood Inspector based at Kidderminster Police Station, held a live Web Chat with the pupils from Baxter College on local policing issues.
To help the web chat go smoothly, the Community Ambassadors were asked to be involved to help guide the session and advise others in their peer group. The teacher, Mr Ali, said the Community Ambassadors gave a valuable input to the session and it was good to have them in the classroom.
Safer Internet Day 2015 (SID) is on Tuesday 10 February 2015, with the strapline of “Let’s create a better internet together”.
Promoting Safer Internet Day is part of our Community Ambassador’s role and the Safer Internet Day encourages safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people.
Please check out the Safer Internet Day website which showcases some of the exciting activities/events that took place to celebrate the day in 2014 and the various resources available to help teach eSafety in schools.
If you need any further assistance then please contact Jeannette at Safer Wyre Forest on Jeannette.firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01562 732929 and don’t forget to take photos to show how you supported Safer Internet Day which we can upload nto this Community Ambassadors’ blog.
Year 10 Community Ambassadors and Yr 12 Volunteers joined forces at the Haybridge Xmas Fair to spread the word about how shoppers and residents can keep safe over the festive period. The students gave out leaflets full of safety tips as well as bells for purses, clips for rucksacks, UV marker pens and stickers for marking and identifying property.
They also used the opportunity for promoting the White Ribbon Campaign by giving out flyers and inviting the festive shoppers to wear a white ribbon. About 100 people wore the ribbons on the evening and there was a lot of interest in the campaign.
Community Ambassadors & 6th Form Volunteers together
This website is Crimestoppers dedicated youth service, designed and developed to encourage and empower young people to make their community a safer place. Providing information and advice about crimes that might affect them, the fearless website and associated resources look to challenge and stimulate debate whilst educating young people about the ways that they can pass on information to us 100% anonymously.
www.youandco.org.uk You and Co is Victim’s Support youth programme that helps young people cope with the impact and effects of crime. They are separate from other agencies like the police and will only work with these other agencies if you ask them to. The site covers issues such as bullying, your rights, different coping strategies and an interactive courtroom. White Ribbon Campaign Worcestershire Forums Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence website
www.worcestershiredomesticandsexualabuse.co.uk http://www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/ National Personal Safety Day
Theme “Door 2 Door – run by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust www.nationalpersonalsafetyday.co.uk Hate Crime
North Worcestershire Hate Incident Partnership www.nwcsp.org/hate-crime.aspx Safer Internet Day www.saferinternet.org Red Cross/Red Crescent Day
Theme “Local and Global Resilience” www.redcross.org.uk/redcrossdayschools Anti Bullying
Community Ambassadors have started carrying out their new role within their schools across Wyre Forest.
Below is some of the work carried out so far. Don’t forget you will shortly be able to upload your stories, pictures and presentions to the blog but in the meantime you can send them through to Safer Wyre Forest via email@example.com
Were asked and gave a talk to a local scout group on fire safety and personal safety
Stourport High School
Delivered assemblies on personal safety to various year groups, linked in to National Personal Safety Day
Will be delivering assemblies during Anti Bullying week (17-24 November)
Haybridge High School
Delivered assemblies on homophobia to their 6th Form
Will be working with the local Parish Council in taking part in a village amenities survey
Fantastic training day at Wyre Forest House in Kidderminster – 46 students from the 8 ContinU partner High Schools joining forces to learn what it takes to put across positive messages as well as possible to the widest audience. Thanks to all who took part and also to Karen Evans from Vestia Community Housing for delivering the training and Jeanette, Kathryn and Hilary from Safer Wyre Forest Partnership for facilitating. A great start!