Confidence building scheme for youths

Team building is one of the important aspects of the Challenge Project
Team building is one of the important aspects of the Challenge Project

“We wish you did something like this for adults.” This was the recurring sentiment of parents whose children took part in the Challenge Project.

Almost 30 youngsters were involved in the multi-agency initiative, which encourages learning and skills development outside the classroom.

Established by the Community Safety team at Midlothian Council, the week-long project offered 10 to 12-year-olds the chance to engage directly with emergency services and learn more about leadership and team building.

The participants learnt about taking responsibility for their actions and making the right choices. The project is funded by the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme.

Youngsters from across Midlothian took part in a range of activities at Vogrie Country Park, Glencorse Barracks and local fire stations. Thanks to the support from Police Scotland, the Army and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the project is set to continue next year.

Councillor Owen Thompson said: “It has gone from strength-to-strength since its inception in 2013, and I know that many of the young people who have taken part have experienced great change during the course of the week.

“What we’re trying to do is encourage confidence in these young people to do the right thing when they’re presented with options. It won’t be long before they’ll be responsible adults, and this can go a long way to creating safer, more resilient neighbourhoods.”