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Parish and town councils call on locals to act as volunteer wardens

PUBLISHED: 17:23 03 December 2015 | UPDATED: 17:23 03 December 2015

Kent County Council

Kent County Council

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Volunteer support wardens will work alongside community wardens

A new project proposed by Kent County Council and the Kent Association of Local Councils could see volunteers operating alongside community wardens.

12 parish and town councils have agreed to take part in the scheme, which would see volunteers identifying local issues and concerns, while making contact with agencies including the police and Trading Standards.

Councils taking part in the scheme are: Paddock Wood, Swanscombe and Greenhithe, Borough Green and Wrotham, Bridge, Eastchurch, East Peckham, Farningham, Great Chart with Singleton, Lower Halstow, Sutton Valence, Wateringbury, and Wittersham.

KCC will be setting up local drop-in sessions for any residents interested in the scheme, with full training and uniforms provided to successful applicants.

John Rivers, President of KALC, said: “I am delighted to see how parish and town councils across Kent are, yet again, demonstrating how well they work alongside Kent County Council in order to bring about a real difference to their communities.

“Every day local people support their community in so many different ways. Here is a chance for others to play a key role in their local area and to be a part of the wider community warden family, learning new skills and providing valuable support to local residents. I commend this pilot and wish the twelve trial areas every success!”

For more information and to fill-in an online application form, visit kent.gov.uk/communitywardens

The closing date for applications is February 1 next year.

If the pilot is successful it could to all councils across the county.


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