Milton Keynes newest Community Champions clean up Broughton Brook

Mon 13 Jun 2011

Community Ranger Dawn Morland and Education Coordinator for The Parks Trust, Nicky Saunders, lead the event which saw the children help with litter picking,  bug hunting using sweep nets and learning how to undertake a site check.

The Community Champions programme is a national partnership programme that was set up by Places for People, in conjunction with the Police, Manchester Metropolitan University, Centre for Urban Education and the Institute of Education.

The scheme is designed to help children between the ages of 10 and 11 understand about the communities they live in and the roles played by the police and other community agencies, and how they contribute to public safety.

The head of year 6 Broughton Fields Primary School Teacher, Miss Westley, said: “The children really enjoyed gathering litter and understanding the impact that dropping litter had on wildlife and other users of the Brook. They had a lovely afternoon by the river and also had the pleasure of working alongside MK Dons striker Charlie Collins.”

Places for People’s local Community Safety Officer, Wendy Hambidge, said: “The Community Champions is a fun, interactive and interesting way for youngsters to find out more and understand the contribution they can make and all the children seemed to really enjoy the day. Over the coming years Places for People is looking to roll out this successful scheme to other schools in Milton Keynes.”

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