So, you’re sold that Health and Social Care is the path for you. That’s great and all, but where on earth do you start...
- Help keep communities safe and comfortable places for people to live
- You'll need to be able to build relationships and persuade people to work together to make their neighbourhood better
- You'll be outdoors and on your feet a lot, as you'll need to be highly visible within the community
As a neighbourhood warden, you'll help to reduce people's fear of crime, and tackle anti-social behaviour.
- Responding to anti-social behaviour incidents
- Reporting crime to the police
- Telling the council and other authorities about environmental problems
- Issuing fixed penalty notices for litter, graffiti and dog fouling
- Making sure empty properties are safe and secure
- Supporting older and vulnerable people in the area
- Getting involved in community activities
- Visiting schools and attending community and resident meetings
- Sharing information with other agencies like the police, community groups, social landlords and tenants' associations
You could work in the community, and you may need to wear a uniform.
For this role, you'll need knowledge of public safety and security, patience in stressful situations, the ability to work well with others, thoroughness and attention to detail, thinking and reasoning skills, customer service skills, concentration skills, and excellent verbal communication.
Volunteering is the best way to develop the skills needed to get a job as a neighbourhood warden. Opportunities may be offered by your local council or other organisations working with people with issues like homelessness, substance misuse, or anti-social behaviour.
You may not need any qualifications for this role, but some employers might prefer you to have a good general standard of education with GCSEs like English and maths, and experience of working with the public. Employers will often focus on more personal qualities and people skills for this role.
It could give you an advantage to have a driving licence and be aged 21 or over to drive a company vehicle. You'll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
With experience, you could become an assistant head warden, senior warden, or warden coordinator.