Winton neighbourhood wardens scheme to be expanded after success

INNOVATIVE SCHEME: Wardens James Wilde, Coralie Wood and Hannah Wallace with Winton councillor Patrick Oakley

INNOVATIVE SCHEME: Wardens James Wilde, Coralie Wood and Hannah Wallace with Winton councillor Patrick Oakley

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AN innovative scheme that has introduced community student street wardens to Winton has been so successful that it will double in size.

The total number of wardens is being increased from six to 12 this academic year, thanks to extra funding from Bournemouth University, the Arts University Bournemouth and Bournemouth council.

The scheme sees volunteer students from both institutions acting as a liaison between students and other residents, supporting first-time students as they settle into their accommodation and targeting antisocial behaviour issues.

Bournemouth University part-funded four student wardens last year and will increase this to nine from September. The Arts University Bournemouth part-funded two last year and will increase to three.

Winton East Cllr Pat Oakley, who helped set up the scheme, said: “I have had nothing but positive feedback on the wardens. They have really helped to improve relations between temporary student residents and the permanent residents of Winton.

“Expanding the scheme will mean every street in Winton will now be covered by a warden. In the current climate of cuts, council leader John Beesley and Cllr David Smith have been brilliant in coming forward with this extra funding, from which all residents of Winton will benefit.”

Ian Jones, head of regional community partnerships at Bournemouth University, said: “We are very pleased to be extending our student community wardens scheme, to help bridge the gap between students and residents and give advice and information about the area and services.

“The student community wardens scheme was introduced last year and has been extremely successful – with the four wardens clocking up over 50 miles of patrolling in the area.

“The scheme – combined with our students’ union’s Lock It or Lose It anti-burglary campaign – led to a 19.6 per cent reduction in crime around Winton and 41 per cent reduction in bin-related complaints.”

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7:03am Mon 18 Aug 14

ol'bag lady says...

There has been a remarkable improvement here in Winton quelling anti social behaviour. But it is always presumed that students are the cause and so often this is not the case - sometimes they are the victims too. We welcome these patrols as they have shown a remarkable improvement in the student populated part of Winton where I live but we have also had excellent effects from Winton Safer Neighbourhood Team and of course the PCSO's. Their presence has made it much nicer and I very much appreciate the efforts from all concerned.
There has been a remarkable improvement here in Winton quelling anti social behaviour. But it is always presumed that students are the cause and so often this is not the case - sometimes they are the victims too. We welcome these patrols as they have shown a remarkable improvement in the student populated part of Winton where I live but we have also had excellent effects from Winton Safer Neighbourhood Team and of course the PCSO's. Their presence has made it much nicer and I very much appreciate the efforts from all concerned. ol'bag lady
  • Score: 10

8:48am Mon 18 Aug 14

Townee says...

It's the same story each year as the term finishes the cases of anti social behaviour go down because the student realise that they have to work to finish course work. If the problem is going away why do they need more wardens?
This scheme is only in Winton but these problems are also in Charminster but no wardens there.
Why do the wardens need to speak to 1st year students? They should be in halls not greedy private landlord let's.
It's the same story each year as the term finishes the cases of anti social behaviour go down because the student realise that they have to work to finish course work. If the problem is going away why do they need more wardens? This scheme is only in Winton but these problems are also in Charminster but no wardens there. Why do the wardens need to speak to 1st year students? They should be in halls not greedy private landlord let's. Townee
  • Score: 5

9:53am Mon 18 Aug 14

rozmister says...

Townee wrote:
It's the same story each year as the term finishes the cases of anti social behaviour go down because the student realise that they have to work to finish course work. If the problem is going away why do they need more wardens?
This scheme is only in Winton but these problems are also in Charminster but no wardens there.
Why do the wardens need to speak to 1st year students? They should be in halls not greedy private landlord let's.
There aren't enough halls spaces for all the first year students, especially the AUB students who have a tiny amount of halls available in proportion to the amount of first years. Data also shows these students (unsurprisingly) are the most likely to behave anti-socially within their community so they need a bit of extra guidance.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: It's the same story each year as the term finishes the cases of anti social behaviour go down because the student realise that they have to work to finish course work. If the problem is going away why do they need more wardens? This scheme is only in Winton but these problems are also in Charminster but no wardens there. Why do the wardens need to speak to 1st year students? They should be in halls not greedy private landlord let's.[/p][/quote]There aren't enough halls spaces for all the first year students, especially the AUB students who have a tiny amount of halls available in proportion to the amount of first years. Data also shows these students (unsurprisingly) are the most likely to behave anti-socially within their community so they need a bit of extra guidance. rozmister
  • Score: -3

10:32am Mon 18 Aug 14

ol'bag lady says...

Townee wrote:
It's the same story each year as the term finishes the cases of anti social behaviour go down because the student realise that they have to work to finish course work. If the problem is going away why do they need more wardens?
This scheme is only in Winton but these problems are also in Charminster but no wardens there.
Why do the wardens need to speak to 1st year students? They should be in halls not greedy private landlord let's.
It is not at the end of the student year that there is an improvement - it has steadily got really better over the last two years and more so this last year. The need for more wardens is to be able to spread their services wider - to Charminster perhaps? All students need to learn certain things as it is quite often their first time away from home for some. That is why it is sometimes difficult for them at the beginning of the year and a little patience is necessary. You can speak to them - most are quite approachable you know - and perhaps offer your help and guidance while they settle in. First years are normally housed in Halls of Residence where they most certainly are taught how to act and respect others in the hope that they take what they have learnt with them to their next year(s). If this doesn't work then is the time to call on The Wardens or The Safer Neighbourhood Team
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: It's the same story each year as the term finishes the cases of anti social behaviour go down because the student realise that they have to work to finish course work. If the problem is going away why do they need more wardens? This scheme is only in Winton but these problems are also in Charminster but no wardens there. Why do the wardens need to speak to 1st year students? They should be in halls not greedy private landlord let's.[/p][/quote]It is not at the end of the student year that there is an improvement - it has steadily got really better over the last two years and more so this last year. The need for more wardens is to be able to spread their services wider - to Charminster perhaps? All students need to learn certain things as it is quite often their first time away from home for some. That is why it is sometimes difficult for them at the beginning of the year and a little patience is necessary. You can speak to them - most are quite approachable you know - and perhaps offer your help and guidance while they settle in. First years are normally housed in Halls of Residence where they most certainly are taught how to act and respect others in the hope that they take what they have learnt with them to their next year(s). If this doesn't work then is the time to call on The Wardens or The Safer Neighbourhood Team ol'bag lady
  • Score: 1

1:52pm Mon 18 Aug 14

UKIP4U says...

More politically correct nonsense,thanks to past failed policies allowing students to invade a working class residential area greedy landlords have made the lives of many winton residents a living hell.
There is no democracy working here,only appeasement,UKIP's policy to put this issue to a local referendum will mean the majority have a say in the future of their ward.
Bournemouth now has new accomadation for 2nd and 3rd year students near the police station,this will result in many student houses closing down,we will campaign to rid winton of student housing and return it to a decent residential area as long as the majority want it.
More politically correct nonsense,thanks to past failed policies allowing students to invade a working class residential area greedy landlords have made the lives of many winton residents a living hell. There is no democracy working here,only appeasement,UKIP's policy to put this issue to a local referendum will mean the majority have a say in the future of their ward. Bournemouth now has new accomadation for 2nd and 3rd year students near the police station,this will result in many student houses closing down,we will campaign to rid winton of student housing and return it to a decent residential area as long as the majority want it. UKIP4U
  • Score: 2

4:35pm Mon 18 Aug 14

gonzo123 says...

Hahaha wardens get a life
Hahaha wardens get a life gonzo123
  • Score: -2

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