YOU launched in Southend
Saturday saw the launch of YOU in Southend Victoria’s shopping centre with the help of PCSOs Kane Fredericks and Paula Bickers and their mobile police unit.
Former mayor Councillor David Norman and his granddaughter Emily joined young people from the Army and Air Cadets, Scouts, Guides, Boys and Girls Brigades, not forgetting Chester the Chimp who had accompanied
the Patriot Explorer Scouts. The PCSOs now have a handy little card with the contacts of all these excellent youth groups on it, to
help them signpost other young people towards having the fun and learning the new skills that the members of these uniformed groups so clearly enjoy. PCSO Paula Bickers said “Its a great idea, we often meet young
people who don’t know what to do with their spare time, and this will give them some good ideas -there is something for everyone here”
Lt Col Jackie Allan said “It was uplifting to see so many fine young people, several of whom already held responsible positions in their own organisations, and were clearly enjoying their roles in nurturing the younger members, for example army cadet Corporal Sarah Wilson , 17, from Southend High School for Girls and senior scout Georgia Roberts, 17 from Shoebury High School. Two of the air cadets were also in their unit’s band, and cadet warrant officer David Grant,18, formerly of Greensward Academy, had participated in the challenging Nijmegan four day route march in the Netherlands. Several senior scouts, guides and cadets were enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme, as well as progressing up their own cadet or scout syllabus. Almost all the organisations teach basic first aid, as could be seen from many badges on display, a wonderful skill for life that can make a huge difference in an emergency. The younger members of the girls brigade had been on a really good outing to a theme park in the summer.
“My role at East Anglia Reserve Forces and Cadets Association is primarily to support the uniformed cadet services, but it is also to encourage links with other youth groups, as they all offer young people positive things to do, develop communication skills and teamwork, and through providing a framework of simple rules, encourage responsible behaviour. So often our teenagers get a bad press that it is a real pleasure to highlight the positive actions of young people through this partnership with youth groups, the community police and Southend council.”
29th October 201