What do Community Wardens do?
The Kent Community
Warden Scheme began with a band of 12 wardens in May 2002, as part
of a 3 year pilot scheme. It delivered such early success that
numbers were increased within 6 months and in March 2005 a new
training centre - the first of its kind in the UK - was opened to
help bring the team of wardens up to 101.
The role of Community Wardens:
- They aim to help the people of Kent to live safely and
independently in their neighbourhoods and communities.
- They work directly with excluded and vulnerable sections
of the community on a wide range of projects, aiming
to promote a greater understanding of the cause and effect of
- They provide a visible uniformed presence to tackle such
anti-social behaviour. Many wardens are regarded as the focal point
for the communities they serve and their mobile telephone number is
accessible to all.
- There is no such thing as a typical warden, all ages and
backgrounds are represented, and they all share a common cause - to
do their best to support and help the communities in which they
- They DO NOT have any enforcement powers, however if they
cannot solve your problem they will know someone who can.
- They deal with a wide range of issues, from abandoned vehicles
to walking buses; from reading to primary school classes to home
security for the elderly.
What you can expect from a community warden
Community Wardens work flexible hours between 7.30am and 10pm,
Monday to Sunday, enabling them to address local problems as and
when they occur within the community in which they work.
Any member of the community can contact their warden by mobile
View the community wardens
If a Warden is unable to resolve a problem they will advise who
may be able to assist.
Wardens undergo an extensive 7 week training programme, which
consists of 5 weeks in the classroom and 2 weeks
working in their area whilst being mentored by a
more experienced warden.
All wardens are trained under the Home Office Community
Accreditation Scheme and Kent Police and are required to wear an
identifying badge. After the training period wardens will work in
their own area and be carefully mentored by a supervising warden.
Development for wardens is ongoing and we are committed to their
continued development in respect of their skills and knowledge.