Pupil creates winning design to help combat anti-social behaviour

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Year 7 students at St Alban’s Catholic High School have put their artistic skills to the test as part of a competition to design a poster for stores across our region to deter anti-social behaviour.

The competition follows a series of assemblies and enrichment classes over the past 6 weeks, led by Scott Walker, our Anti-Social Behaviour Support Officer. With one of our food stores located just around the corner from the school, Scott made it a priority to talk directly to students about the severity and consequences of anti-social behaviour in their community.

From interactive role plays to hard-hitting videos and first-hand accounts of tackling anti-social behaviour, St Alban’s students were able to learn how to spot challenging behaviour and about the impact on those around them.

With a top prize of an Xboxthe competition was a chance to put their learning in to action, with the winning poster, designed by Year 7 student, Jasmine Young, chosen to be displayed in stores across the region that experience the impact of anti-social behaviour.

Scott said; “The poster we have chosen is bold and clear and I hope the strong messages will resonate with young people visiting our stores.

“Our employees and customers have the right to work and shop in a safe, friendly environment, but the impact can be felt far beyond the walls of our stores. Working closely with the students at St Alban’s, I am confident that, by tackling anti-social behaviour together, we can all enjoy a community that becomes a safer and friendlier place to live.”

Melody Bradley, Student Support Manager for St Alban’s School said; “We were delighted that Scott took the time to come and talk to our youngest pupils about the far reaching consequences of anti-social behaviour and the impact this has not only on the school, but on the wider community.

“It is so useful for schools to be able to work closely with local businesses to raise awareness of these issues and get students involved. We are very grateful for everything the East of England Co-op has done for us.”