Sumo wrestlers took to Lydiard Park’s picnic area on Friday (26 Aug) as Swindon Borough Council’s popular Young Wardens scheme came to a fun-filled close.
The inflatable activity was just one of a number of activities organised for around 70 children who successfully completed the summer holiday programme, which focuses on providing education, awareness raising and, most importantly, fun for the children of Council tenants.
A football shoot-out, Frisbee golf, dodgeball, kwik cricket, basketball and rounders were also organised for the children as well as a barbecue. Every child you took part was then given a certificate by Swindon Mayor Cllr Eric Shaw.
Young Wardens is aimed at children aged between seven and 11 is run by the Housing Service’s Neighbourhood Warden team, who help to keep the town’s estates safe and clean.
This summer the scheme was held in four parts of the borough with the Walcot Woodpeckers, Stratton Squirrels, Highworth Hedgehogs and Eldene Eagles making up this year’s groups.
The programme focused on road and internet safety and the children also learned about stranger danger and fire safety. The teams of young people made positive contributions to their local areas through litter picking, planting and other projects. They also learned about the importance of recycling.
Each of the four teams of young wardens also had a fire station tour.
Warrick Lynham, Swindon Borough Council’s Lead Neighbourhood Warden, said: “The numbers of those attending every week have been very high and that is reflected in the finale today.
“It is great to see the children taking ownership of projects within their neighbourhoods and you could see that in some of the litter picking and planting that they did. You could see they had that feeling of looking after the place where they live.
“We organise the finale every year and it is a great team effort from the Neighbourhood wardens, volunteers and other members of the Housing team.”
Cllr Shaw said he was delighted to be able to hand out the certificates and even joined in the activities on the day.
He said: “I was invited to the launch of the Young Wardens scheme and I then went out to visit one of the groups to see for myself what the children get involved with.
“I think it is absolutely fantastic because there is a real mixture of activities. It is educational, the children get to learn new skills in a very informal way and above all it is fun so they enjoy it and that is so important.”
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