Weeks of hard work and training paid off for children when their proud families saw them graduate as Wakefield College cadets.
More than 60 parents, friends and representatives of organisations involved in the CHOICE project, including WDH’s Social Investment Manager Tim Craven, attended the graduation ceremony at St Mary’s Community Centre, Pontefract.
CHOICE – Children Have Options, Imagination, Challenge and Experience – is a 30-week primary intervention programme for children aged nine to 11. Delivered by a range of organisations including WDH, Wakefield Council’s Early Help Offer, Pontefract Education and Academies Trusts, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Wakefield College and the city’s Youth Offending Team, it aims to teach children about actions and consequences and how good attendance at school can improve their career prospects.
Tim said: “The CHOICE programme is a fantastic opportunity to work with children and their families, to help them learn that their behaviour has consequences that can impact on their lives. Joining up work delivered by partners in addition to that undertaken by WDH’s Community Safety and Area Office teams is already helping children to make a valuable contribution to the communities in which they live.”
Children taking part were from primary schools in the Pontefract area, including Carleton Park, The Rookeries Carleton Junior and Infant School, Cobblers Lane, Orchard Head, St Giles and De-Lacy.
CHOICE District Manager Annette Jones said: ““The children have benefited enormously from the project and parents say they have seen improvements in their children’s behaviour.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved and am pleased to say CHOICE is to be rolled out across the Wakefield district, helping even more young people to make positive life choices.”