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BuildingBlox project aims to inspire Walsall youngsters

Officers in Walsall have developed a scheme aimed at steering youngsters away from getting involved in crime and anti-social behaviour by improving their confidence and getting them involved in a range of team building exercises.

The BuildingBlox project, created by officers from the Bloxwich neighbourhood policing team, has been running for the last six weeks with nine pupils aged between eight and 10 from three local primary schools.

BuildingBlox project
The children taking part in the activities 

The young people have attended weekly sessions developed by the officers and funded by local community scheme, Mossley Big Local. The sessions have covered a range of topics, including, behaviour and consequences, environmental issues such a fly-tipping and recycling, first aid and they even got to meet Walsall goalkeeper, Liam Roberts.

All children were given a report card to take back to school with them every week to help monitor the impact of the project. Pleasingly, all cards have got consistently better each week.

Yesterday, (Monday 4 November) the nine children graduated in a special ceremony to celebrate their success at Abbey Primary School. They were given awards and certificates as recognition for completing the BuildingBlox project.

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The children with their certificates

PCSO Ian Palmer, from the Bloxwich neighbourhood policing team, said: “We created the project to help this group of children by improving their confidence and inspire them to make the right choices in life. 

“On the first session the young people were shy and lacking in confidence. They struggled to engage with us and each other. After just six weeks we’ve noticed a dramatic change in their confidence, they all got involved, have better attitudes and are willing to try new things. It’s been a pleasure to work with them and see such a positive change. 

“We even had one parent asking if we could extend the project as she has noticed a massive impact on her child’s behaviour.

“We’re so pleased with the feedback; we’re looking at running it again soon with another group of young people.”

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