6th January 2017
In support of Volunteers Week, Volunteer Police Cadets from the Wisbech Fire Station and Meadowgate units merged into an inclusive team to engage with their community and identify issues of concern in the Fenland area. This particular teamwork exercise highlighted waste management as an important problem in the community, especially around discarded drink containers.
The team decided to clear of waste a public area, in support of a wider long-term policing response. They made sure that all required equipment was on hand, shopped for refreshments for all attendees and wrote letters inviting other organisations. The Wisbech Fire Station unit wrote task lists to help the leaders ensure that all the essential actions were taken and a briefing note to inform external guests about the Volunteer Police Cadets, the activity itself and relevant health and safety issues.
The Cadets engaged with members of the public throughout the event, speaking about what they were doing and why. They also highlighted that social action was a main part of the Volunteer Police Cadet role and their contribution to national Volunteers’ Week. All in all, the Fenland cadets have dedicated 133 hours to planning, preparing and learning and a further 116 hours to volunteering within their communities, including a litter pick.