Delivery of assemblies in primary schools to promote waste service changes in Stroud District and motivate children to encourage their families to participate in the improved waste service at home. The show was called “Wuff Gets Waste Wise”
“All the children really enjoyed the show and were able to tell us why they already recycle and how they can improve on this. We are going to look at more ways to recycle in school too. Thank you for your show.” “Everything about the production was excellent.” “Fantastic! Kim delivered what is actually quite tricky information in the most entertaining and fun way. I think all the adults learnt too! One of the best assemblies ever.”
Stroud District Coucil were looking for a number of ways they could engage with residents to raise awareness of their new services in particular food waste collections which they had not previously provided. Targeting families through school children was one of the methods they wanted to use.
An assembly was designed which focussed on the key aspects of the waste service changes. It was an engaging 20-minute play using topical and local references, audience participation, song and puppets to ensure it was accessible to primary school children of all ages.
The key messages were:
The set, props and costume were sourced locally where possible and using waste minimisation principles. Stickers were designed to help the children start conversations with parents/carers about what they had learnt from the assembly at school. It featured the puppet dog ‘Wuff’, a central character in the play, holding one of Stroud’s new food waste caddies.
Schools were recruited with emails to the school and telephone calls when necessary. Once the performances had started, images and footage from the assembly were used to encourage other schools to sign up.
A programme of 44 assemblies was delivered in 43 schools in Stroud District. 5,950 pupils saw the performance, plus their teachers and support staff.
100% of the assemblies were assessed by school staff overall as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ (29.4% good, 70.6% excellent) and 100% were assessed as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ at motivating pupils to help their families use the new collections.
Raised awareness around what and where to recycle in the Stroud district Council area, with particular focus on the recent changes to the domestic kerbside collection system was achieved through children learning how they can take action to reduce, reuse, recycle and encourage their parents/carers to do so.