Summer work experience in the community

Maesgeirchen junior wardens

Fourteen children in Gwynedd have landed themselves a very important job this summer as Junior Wardens with housing association, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG).

Llanllyfni and Talysarn junior wardens
Llanllyfni and Talysarn junior wardens

While their friends will be relaxing over the school holidays, the year five, Junior Wardens from Maesgeirchen, Llanllyfni and Talysarn will be helping to improving their communities.

The main aim of the scheme is to encourage children to respect and improve their communities as well as teach them new skills. Under the watchful eye of CCG’s Community Wardens the Junior Wardens, for two days a week over the summer will be working to improve their local community through a number of different activities.

Mari Wynn Williams, CCG’s Community Involvement Officer said: “This scheme is very important to CCG and it’s great to see so many children across Gwynedd wanting to take part. Every year we try and include different areas to ensure as many children benefits from the scheme and learn new skills.”

These activities range from sessions on local housing estates to information workshops and visits. They will also be learning new skills in a number of different sessions. From learning about recycling and the effects of cyber bullying and basic first aid to attending a drug and alcohol awareness workshop and hearing more about the work of the Fire Brigade, Air Ambulance and the Police.

At the end of the six weeks, the Junior Wardens will enjoy a fun day out as a reward for their hard work and completing the course. They will also be presented with certificates at an awards ceremony to mark their achievement.

The 14 Junior Wardens received their uniform and ID badges in an official launch to the scheme in Neuadd Talysarn and Eglwys y Groes, Maesgerichen.

Lexi whose 9 years old and a member of the Maesgeirchen team said: “I’m looking forward to taking part, especially helping people – it’s a great scheme. My favourate thing so far has been the Danger Point course – where I learnt how to keep safe.”

Mari Wynn Williams from CCG added: “This scheme gives us a chance to work with our younger tenants and teach them about the effects of anti-social behaviour as well as teach them some useful skills that they can use as they grow up. I also hope that the scheme will help them to be responsible residents as well as give them the experience of contributing positively to their communities.”