Westshore Gardens film screening in Fraserburgh

A group of local young people, who are showing their commitment to a new project by making a film to support it are inviting residents of Fraserburgh to join them for their film screening tonight (June 30) at 6.30 pm.

The group is keen to see a youth shelter built in the Westshore area of the town and is keen to encourage as many people as possible to come along to the screening in the JIC Building, Albert Street.

Over the past 12 months, Fraserburgh Community Learning & Development team have been engaging with a group of young people from the Westshore area through detached work.

Community workers and youth workers met weekly with them in the hope of getting them engaged in activities and opportunities.

“In consultation with Police and other Partners , we learned that the young people were interested in getting a youth shelter built so they had a place to hang out, not bother anyone, have a bit of ownership over and could call their own,” explained Mathew Noble, Community Learning & Development Worker.

CLD team then started working with the young people towards getting that idea in motion.

The young people were supported to choose the type of shelter, the design and possible location. They also held a successful car wash at the Fire Station in April where they raised over £120 in just two hours.

They were encouraged to make a short film about their journey which will show people how much it means to them and to gain support from the community.

“We would encourage people to come along and hear more about the initiative, as the young people have put in a lot of effort.

“Some of them have really turned their lives around since we started working with them. We’ve seen a completely different side to them,” added Matthew.

“We don’t want to cause any problems for people, we just want a place of our own,” said one of the young team which has made the film.

Colin Hawkins, Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership said: “AHP are keen to support the local youths in their project.  It has been good to see how much work and effort the young people have put into taking the youth shelter project this far.  We have been involved in the Fraserburgh North regeneration for over five years, and we want to continue to work with the community in making Westshore Gardens and the wider area a great place to live.”