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Lifting spirits at Worcester Police Station

DJ, Corey and Toby

Officers and staff at Worcester Police Station will find their work environment just that bit brighter, thanks to the green fingers of our students!

Toby, Corey and DJ have joined the force’s Inclusion Volunteers, and will be looking after the garden in the middle of Worcester Police Station, as well as doing some artwork on the walls to provide a pleasant place for employees to enjoy on their breaks.

Our students are not only developing valuable skills for the future, but also highlighting the importance of working together and having a positive impact on the community.

Kevin Powell, Citizens in Policing Co-ordinator at West Mercia Police, said: “This follows on from similar schemes from different organisations at Shrewsbury, Kidderminster, Bromsgrove and Redditch Police Stations. The scheme helps break down barriers between our disadvantaged communities and the police, as well as giving the students valuable experience and meaningful tasks.

“We are now starting to see students on the scheme progress to paid employment, thanks to the experience gained from volunteering with us.”

Inspector Peter Nightingale said: “The creative students have created bulb ‘lasagnes’ and pansy planters, and delivered these to us at Worcester Station on 4th November. We are really delighted with the results, as this has really cheered up the area and given officers and staff a more attractive and peaceful area to enjoy their lunch, or just take a few minutes’ rest and reflection.”

Nathalie Emanuel, Strategic Lead for ILS at NCW, said: “The students have loved learning more about planting and have relished being able to get hands-on with making something to show their skills. The feeling that they have made a positive impact to another community is important for self-esteem.  The students thrive when opportunities to be involved with the wider community are presented; it enables them to make a difference. We are really grateful to everyone at the Worcester Station for their enthusiasm and support.”

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