News in Atherstone

The local schools have worked in partnership to give Year 8 pupils life skills, and perhaps train them further in the future (Image by Pexels)

Students from five Warwickshire schools have been learning more about what it takes to be a firefighter, in a series of week-long citizenship courses organised by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.

50 students, in Year 8, from Polesworth School, Nicholas Chamberlaine School, Kingsbury School, Etone School and St Thomas More School in Warwickshire, have completed the courses where they spent time at active fire stations working with fire fighters. They took part in practical exercises that involved running hoses, rescuing an injured person from a building and extinguishing a tower fire.

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Critics of the new recycling scheme haven't been convinced. (Image by Pexels)

A Government suggestion that all drinks containers should be covered under a deposit scheme, in a bid to boost recycling rates, has been criticised by Warwickshire's waste experts.

The deposit return scheme is one element of a national waste strategy, currently the subject of consultation with local authorities, including the Warwickshire Waste Partnership covering the county's five districts and boroughs.

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The accessibility problems for deaf people look to be solved by this innovative campaign (Image by Nick Hudson).

North Warwickshire Citizens Advice has partnered with SignVideo, in an innovative campaign to provide accessible advice for deaf people.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Association for the Deaf released figures this year to say that, 'One in six people are affected by deafness – that is currently 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, and this is likely to rise to one in five in the next twenty years'.

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Local writers are urged to submit their stories to Silhouette Press. (Image by Pexels)

Silhouette Press, a Coventry-based not-for-profit publisher that aims to improve access in the publishing industry, is currently looking for passionate and engaging writing written by Warwickshire locals.

The voices of Coventry, Warwickshire, and surrounding areas will be amplified in an innovative anthology, just in time for the launch of the Coventry City of Culture.

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