Junior Wardens will return!
THE Fraserburgh-based Junior Wardens scheme has proved so successful that plans are already in place to repeat the scheme later in the year.
Last Saturday, saw the final day of the current award-winning Junior Warden Scheme take place at Fraserburgh Police Station.
The initiative ran for five consecutive days throughout the Easter holidays and involved 16 primary 7 pupils from schools in Fraserburgh and the villages of Rosehearty, Sandhaven, Rathen and Inverallochy. The scheme is designed to give local children a sense of community pride as well as showing the effect vandalism and antisocial behaviour has on their community.
Police officers, Community Wardens, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service, Fraserburgh Lifeboat and various other partner agencies provided presentations throughout the week.
Fraserburgh Shopwatch, Scotmid Co-operative and Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership all sponsor the Junior Warden Scheme.
Councillor Brian Topping, who is president of the Scottish Accident Prevention Council as well as chairman of the Fraserburgh and District Community Safety Group, attended the final day of the current Scheme at Fraserburgh Police Office, and presented the children with certificates of attendance and gift vouchers donated by Tesco.
Councillor Topping told the Herald: "I am delighted to support such a positive initiative. The experiences and benefits gained by the Junior Wardens will be passed to their friends and classmates when the pupils return to School after the Easter break," he said.
Area Inspector John Esson of Grampian Police said: "The fact that this scheme has been run entirely in the Fraserburgh area helps to instil civic pride in these youngsters and the patrols in the town have been well received and favourably commented upon by members of the public."
It is intended that Junior Wardens from the scheme will be utilised to assist with various local community projects and with continued local support the scheme will be repeated throughout the year.
Commenting on that announcement, local MSP Stewart Stevenson said: "Giving pupils a firsthand experience of the invaluable job that people in our emergency services do is a fantastic way of educating them and increasing their respect for members of those services.
"Encouraging that respect for the emergency services in the next generation is something that I'm sure everyone believes should be encouraged."
SNP Westminster candidate for Banff and Buchan Eilidh Whiteford added: "I was delighted to meet the Junior Wardens out 'on patrol' in the Broadgate when I was campaigning on Saturday.
"They were certainly full of enthusiasm for their role and this is exactly the sort of initiative we should be encouraging. The scheme and its organisers are thoroughly deserving of the awards they have won."