Bringing the community together

Police community activity day at the Glade Primary School in Brandon. PCSO Anne-Marie Powell (minority community link officer) and PCSO Steve Warby (Brandon SNT), with kids left to right - Diana Azevedo, Molly Mathers, Ben Puttock and Michaela Billingham-Hughes.

Police community activity day at the Glade Primary School in Brandon. PCSO Anne-Marie Powell (minority community link officer) and PCSO Steve Warby (Brandon SNT), with kids left to right - Diana Azevedo, Molly Mathers, Ben Puttock and Michaela Billingham-Hughes.

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A SCHOOL did their bit for community togetherness this week after a fun day of making friends and raising awareness.

Glade Primary School in Brandon was the scene for hundreds of pupils and parents to get together and learn about diversity, equality and prejudices.

The day was organised by PCSO Steven Warby, the Forest Heath minority community link officer, who wanted to raise the awareness of differe cultures and backgrounds in the area.

He said: “The day went really well and was on of the most successful engagement events I have ever held.

“We had an input with all 180 pupils at the school and about half of their parents joined us afterwards on the field next to the school.”

PCSO Warby said children took part in building a communitree, which saw them cut paper around their hand to make a ‘leaf’ and then write on it what made them unique. The leaves were then placed together to make a tree.

He added: “The event allowed us to engage with both parents and children to promote a community spirit.

“The people of Brandon felt it was a nice place to live and that a community ethos existed in the area.”

Representatives from Forest Heath District Council were also on hand, with play rangers running ‘fun sessions’ for children.