Scheme doing well

An initiative designed to reduce anti-social behaviour and encourage community pride has been enjoyed by school pupils who have been visiting a range of local organisations as part of a junior warden scheme.

Fraserburgh’s Junior Warden Scheme was set up in November 2009 and is supported by community planning partners in Banff and Buchan.

The project sees primary school children aged between 10 and 12 given the opportunity to work alongside Community Wardens and Police Officers during the school holidays.

Around 20 Junior Wardens took part in the latest scheme in April with two pupils each from the following schools: St Combs , Southpark, Crimond, St Andrews, Lochpots, Fraserburgh North, Inverallochy, Tyrie, Rosehearty and Sandhaven.

Pupils toured the stations of the emergency services including Grampian Police, RNLI and Grampian Fire and Rescue as well as the St Fergus Gas Terminal

Dana McLennan, 12, attends St Andrews Primary School and took part in the scheme, she said that, whilst she enjoyed the visits the most important thing was the sense of community and making friends.

She said: “We did a lot at junior wardens it’s not just about that, it’s more because on the first day hardly anyone would talk to each other and now we are good friends.

“Now I realise that junior wardens is about helping the community and keeping it safe. It’s about friendship, like meeting new people that you have never met before, and it is a wonderful opportunity to get to do junior wardens.”

Chair of the Banff and Buchan Local Community Planning Group, Margaret-Jane Cardno, said: “The junior warden scheme is a good example of partnership working for the benefit of young people and the community.

“The collaborative nature of the project between local authority, emergency services and private businesses shows that by working together we can achieve so much.”

The Fraserburgh scheme is sponsored by Total E & P UK Limited; G4S; Scotmid; and the Community Safety Group and supported by community planning partners in Banff and Buchan.