Children living in a Swindon housing estate are helping to prove the negative reputation of today’s youth wrong by signing a pledge promising to behave in a certain way.
The youngsters, all aged under 16, live in Stockbridge Copse, Peatmoor where the ownership of the homes is split between Jephson Homes Housing Association and Guinness Heritage. Their pledge contains a list of different promises suggested by the youngsters, including vows:
not to swear in public places
not to bully other children
to put all their litter in the bin
to tell adults where they are going when they leave the house
not to play around parked cars
not to bully other children.
Jephson’s local Temporary Resident Involvement Officer Glynis Morris organised a series of fun day events for the estate’s youngsters during which they created and signed up to the pledge.
Glynis said: “We help them to make the pledge as a team effort by holding a debate and then collecting all their ideas together to create a single pledge for the estate.
“Then they all sign it together and are each given a certificate and a badge to recognise their efforts. By doing this together it gives the children a sense of identity and it is a really good way to get them to see the importance of helping to prevent anti-social behaviour.”
The pledge has so far been signed by 11 youngsters and more will be invited to sign it at activity schemes held during school holidays.
As a result of the success of the Kids’ Pledge scheme Jephson is now set to run it in Yeovil and it will also be introduced at all of Jephson’s new developments in the South and West region.
Pictured: Top, Nikita Grouvei and Jaidyn Jennings who were among the youngsters to help put the children’s pledge together.
Below, the Stockbridge Copse youngsters after making their vow at Peatmoor School, Swindon, with Jephson’s Temporary Resident Involvement Officer Glynis Morris; Shauna Bodman, Amanda Barrett and Liz Frost, all from Guinness Heritage; and David Bentley from Sanctuary-Shaftesbury.