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Officers showcase the Junior Citizens Roadshow

News   •   Jul 14, 2020 10:15 BST

[The Roadshow was launched at Longshaw School in Chingford]

Youth Engagement officers from the North East Command Unit (NE BCU) delivered a wide range of educational presentations to Year 6 students.

The Roadshow was launched on Monday, 13 July at Longshaw School in Chingford. Officers were joined by Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker and Mayor, Councillor Christopher Robbins CBE. Four other primary schools in Waltham Forest will also be visited this week.

During the two-hour visit, the team presented the children with five different scenarios on safety and well-being. The presentations involved interactions between pupils and the team.

Youth Engagement officer, PC Jason Hill, from NE BCU, said: “The transition from Year 6 to Year 7 can be an enormous, emotional stepping stone for many young people. The Junior Citizen programme teaches them important life skills.

“I am proud to be part of the team delivering this year’s roadshow. Despite the restrictions in place due to COVID-19 we have managed to adapt the event to comply with social distancing rules to ensure this is still delivered to pupils.”

The Waltham Forest Citizen’s Scheme, now in its twelfth year, is a multi-agency partnership initiative led by the Met and supported by Streetbase, Waltham Forest Council’s youth engagement programme.

The scheme aims to educate children with life skills to deal with a wide range of emerging and emergency situations. The scheme also supports them to make a valued contribution to their local community through good citizenship, whilst at the same time encouraging a sense of community responsibility.

This year, the roadshow has taken on a different appearance due to the health and safety requirements under the COVID-19 restrictions. The event was delivered in the playground with the use of a Met bus equipped with interactive technology.

Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Chris Robbins CBE, said: “Well done to the brilliant primary schools working hard to prepare children for the next stage of their education.”

Mikayla, 11, a student at Longshaw Primary School, said: “The sessions today made me think about things I hadn’t considered before, about how to keep myself safe. I found it educational and great fun working with all the different people too.”