Midlothian pupils get fired up

Picture: Michael Gillen
Picture: Michael Gillen

Young people from Midlothian recently spent time with emergency services – as part of a new community safety initiative.

Launched late last year, this is the second week-long event where pupils spend time with officers from the fire, police and army to learn valuable life skills.

During the unique placement opportunity the young people are supported by the Community Learning and Development workers, Midlothian Sports Development staff and Community Safety Partnership.

The course is based at various locations working on with activities such as a mock fire rescue and how to catch a fictitious criminal.

The overall theme is set around common values such as respect, discipline and integrity.

This worthwhile scheme is funded by the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme and aims to develop pupils’ self confidence, team work and communication skills.

Councillor Owen Thompson (SNP), cabinet member for Community Safety, said: “This is a brilliant project to help young people develop life-long skills which they can take into adult life.

“This is the second week-long event and it really has gone from strength to strength. In fact, it’s so popular that schools have been queuing up to get more young people signed up.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn from our emergency services on leadership and loyalty. It’s also a fun and interactive way of boosting confidence and getting young people involved in a project, where they may normally struggle within a school environment.”

At the end of the course, pupils were presented with special certificates and more courses are planned for this year.