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Wombourne's Youngsters Prove They've Got Talent

Fifteen youngsters from a Wombourne estate proved they have what it takes as they successfully completed a national initiative teaching children to take pride in their local community.

The scheme, open to youngsters aged between seven and 12 years and run by South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA), was organised to teach children important life lessons around team building, communication, organisation and sociability.

Parents and carers couldn’t praise the scheme enough including Mrs Baldwin, mother of nine year old Lauren who attended the course. She comments: “Just fantastic. Lauren is so thankful for the opportunity of taking part and has learnt such important lessons in life.”

As part of the project, the children visited Waterfield House, one of SSHA’s supported living developments for the over 55s in Wombourne, where they played bingo and shared stories with residents. The children also took part in basic first aid training, road and fire safety techniques organised by the local police and fire brigade.

Laura Hart, SSHA’s neighbourhood services team leader, who coordinated the initiative, said: “We completed a similar Junior Warden scheme in Perton earlier this year and the results were so fantastic that we wanted to bring it to Wombourne too.

“The youngsters took to every challenge with enthusiasm and dedication and the project has equipped them with transferable skills which will benefit them as they get older. It was rewarding to see their social skills and confidence grow week-on-week.”

Photo shows junior wardens from Wombourne with their awards