Blackpool Council is looking for School Patrollers

Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2021

Illustration of a school patrol sign displaying the words

Blackpool Council is looking to fill 6 vacancies for School Crossing Patrol Officers who can make it safer for children and parents to cross busy roads.

Each position is paid and offers community-minded people the opportunity to earn extra income and play an active role in their area for a small portion of their day.

There are a total of 39 locations across Blackpool where the council provides school patrollers. Opportunities are currently available outside of five schools:

  • Saint Bernadette
  • Unity Academy
  • Gifted of Bipham
  • Devonshire Primary Academy
  • Our Lady of the Assumption

Each role is 7.5 hours per week during school term and full training is provided.

A place is also available for a mobile relief station which provides coverage in the event of absence or illness, including paid mileage. This role is 5 hours per week, with additional pay for overtime worked.

Many current Blackpool Patrol Officers are semi-retired and enjoy their work as it fits into their day and provides a meaningful role in the community. The council also employs a number of young officers who find the ability to plan around other commitments, such as additional part-time jobs or family duties, extremely important.

Border Patrol personnel often see the job as an extremely rewarding, long-term role that allows them to establish a natural rapport with the school, its students, and their parents.

Lesley, Blackpool’s oldest school patroller, said:

“As I have been doing this job for nearly 40 years, it is now part of my life. It’s something that gives me a lot of pleasure, gives me a reason to get up in the morning and gives me a routine.

“It’s very rewarding and worthwhile work.”

The public does not hesitate to share its appreciation either, as the town’s Customer Relations department regularly receives compliments from parents, pedestrians and students.

A grateful parent from Blackpool recently sent his thanks to another of the council’s current patrollers. They said:

“I just wanted to express my feelings of gratitude to the management and I hope they are aware of the great impact our lollipop man has on all students.

“He’s still so friendly and approachable, and shows a sense of community. My 4-year-old daughter is so excited every morning to see him, waving and shouting his name, like a lot of kids.

“He always goes above and beyond in his job, not only making sure everyone is safe, but also making time for every person, child and adult.”

Cllr Neal Brookes, Cabinet Member of Blackpool Council for Enforcement, Public Safety, Highways and Transport, said:

“We are looking for community-minded people who have extra time in their week to take on a new challenge.

“We know that safety outside of schools is a concern for parents, who want to feel safe knowing their children have someone they can trust watching them at the start and end of school. the school day. We want all of our positions in Blackpool to be covered so children can cross without fear.

“If anyone knows someone in the local community who can act safely and responsibly, and perhaps bring some joy and fun to the school run, please share this opportunity with them. .”

Anyone interested can visit the Great Job website and filter by Blackpool and Fylde to view all vacancies, or call 01253 476197 for more information.

Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2021

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