Youngsters involved in the latest Jam in the Hood scheme in Wellingborough have celebrated finishing their project.
Northamptonshire Police received more than 70 applications from young people aged 13 to 16 for the 16 places on the 13-week course.
As well as taking part in fun events such as visiting the police traffic unit in Northampton where they learned how to throw a “Stinger” and were timed running from one end of a hall to another using a hand-held speed gun, they took part in various activities in the community, including delivering more than 1,000 crime prevention leaflets.
During the project, the “Jammers” visited two homes for the elderly, Bilton Court Residential Home and Attley Court, both in Wellingborough, to talk to the residents. Martin Sawers, the manager at Attley Court, said, after the youngsters’ visit: “What made the evening special was how easily the youths made the elderly residents feel so comfortable in their presence.”
The visit was such a success, the Jammers have agreed to continue visiting the residents at Attley Court after the project has ended.
Jam in the Hood is a partnership between Northamptonshire Police and Groundwork Northamptonshire and is run by Sgt Julie Mead, PC Phil Beckett, PC Steve Morris, PCSO Jo Kelland, PCSO Fiona Veal and Ann-Marie Lawson, from Groundwork. Sgt Mead said: “I am always proud to work with the young people who take part. They learn so much from it and improve their self-esteem, confidence and communication skills.”
All the Jammers were invited to a presentation evening at The Castle theatre in Wellingborough last week.
They all received a certificate presented by the evening’s special guests, Ashleigh and Pudsey.
The next Jam in the Hood project will start in Kettering next month.
Jam in the Hood in Wellingborough was launched in July 2012 after the success of similar projects in Corby and Kettering.
It is open to young people aged between 13 and 16 and aims to show them how the police and their partner agencies work as well as change people’s perceptions of youngsters by making them help in the community.