Sheffield pupils care for their community

Pupils deliver winter hampers to elderly at Mundella Primary.
Pupils deliver winter hampers to elderly at Mundella Primary.

Big hearted pupils from a Sheffield primary school have been busy on a project to bring some festive cheer to their surrounding community.

The youngsters from Mundella Primary at Norton Lees are all part of the Junior Wardens scheme, which has now been running for the last four years.

Their challenge for the end of term was to put together winter hampers which they are now busily delivering to elderly and vulnerable people.

The wardens project runs in partnership with Sheffield Council, South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and local tenants and residents associations.

It aims to educate pupils about the impact of anti-social behaviour on their communities, as well as fire safety, caring for the environment, staying safe and working within the community.

The scheme began in the south east of the city, with Rainbow Forge and Stradbroke primaries the first to get involved.

All the youngsters have smart maroon jackets which they wear while on duty.

Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, said: “This is an excellent initiative which we have supported along with our partners for the last four years.

“As part of their learning the junior wardens complete a project that involves supporting their local community.

“This year they have delivered winter hampers to vulnerable and elderly tenants and residents. They’ve done a fantastic job and I know they’re eager to do more good work in 2015. They should be very proud of themselves.”

Mundella headteacher Will Smith said: “The junior wardens have worked very hard to put these hampers together and deliver them to those who need them. 
“I think they are a great example to other children their age.”

Millie, one wardens, said: “I’ve really enjoyed making the winter hampers and looking forward to meeting the people we give them to.

“The hampers include helpful things for older people such as food and toiletries. Donations came from my friends at school, Brindley and Heeley TARAs and people who work at the council.”

The youngsters have also been out patrol to report fly tipping, litter and graffiti.