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Community Warden Interviews

A selection of "about mes" I wrote for the Community Wardens after interviewing them...

Jackie

A former lollipop lady who once had seven jobs at one time, Jackie says her new job could be under threat... from her four-year-old grandson!

"My daughter rang me last week telling me had just had a tantrum in a toy shop. I though it was because he wanted an MP3 player or something like that - it turned out he was screaming because he wanted a litter picker like his grandma's!"

Jackie, who also works as a part-time Property Officer with Essex Police, loves being a Warden because it is something that comes naturally to her.

"I'm the sort of person who already tells people to put their litter in the bin!"

She believes the service has made a difference because people now come directly to her with any issues they have.

"Instead of being passed around lots of departments they speak to me and then I can let the right people know. It means things get sorted out more quickly - my motto is under promised and over deliver!"

Jackie feels she is settling into the Warden role well - she has already helped members of a local Scout group work towards their Community badge and will soon be visiting a nursery with Essex Police to teach three and four-year-olds about "helpful people within the Community."

Outside of work Jackie is vice president of a social committee and enjoys spending time with her grandson, swimming and cycling.

Trevor

A member of the Territorial Army and former Diplomatic Courier he has lived everywhere from Hong Kong to Cyprus but there's no place like home for Trevor.

"I missed being part of a team," he says. "I wanted to work in the community and make a difference."

Trevor was away with the army for 22 years and still works as a TA Captain looking after 60 men, so he's no stranger to take the lead - bit that doesn't mean you won't see him out on the streets.

"I've been out with the Wardens a few times over Halloween and Firework Night and I've been knocking on doors introducing myself and getting to know the area," he says. "I'd be happy to take over if one of them was on holiday or ill."

As co-ordinator Trevor will be liaising with the local police stations and Parish Councils, as well as taking responsibility for the training and development of Wardens, and he is keen to make the scheme a success.

"I'd like us to be seen as a visible presence on the streets and a service that people can trust."

He may have lived in Germany, Washington and Northern Ireland to name a few places but Trevor says nothing compares to home.

"It's nice to be back."

Community Warden News Stories

A selection of "news stories" I wrote for the website on the Community Wardens

Reunited with her Mum

Plucky Paul Richards acted instinctively when he saw an 18-month-old girl wandering the streets by herself. He enlisted the help of a female PCSO and they knocked on every door in the area until they could renuite the little girl with her grateful mother.

Cycle Training

The four full-time Wardens will be proving to be "wheely" good at getting out and about in the District after having a day of bicycle training with Essex Police. Watch out for them cycling along a street near you...

"Red" all About it

Balloon races, a fashion show made up of story book characters and a "red raffle" - it was all in a night's work for Community Warden Jackie when she attended Kelvedon Brownies' Red Nose Fundraising Night.

Fast Food Litter Campaign

A press release I wrote to advertise the Fast Food campaign I was, (as you will see below), quite involved in...

Braintree District Council will be saying “ho ho no” to litter this Christmas with its “Food on the Go” anti-litter campaign.

The campaign focusses on tackling fast food litter dropped by thousands of revellers during the festive season.

It targets the 18-25 year old age group with its fun and cheeky slogans that encouraged people to use litter bins after the end of their evening snack.

The official launch took place throughout Braintree and Halstead on the 15th December. A group of ‘Santas Little Helpers,’ aka Braintree’s promotional team, were dressed in their festive finest to promote the campaign from an open top bus.

They will also be going into pubs and clubs giving out free goodies to the public, including Santa hats and key ring bottle openers, carrying an anti litter message.