THE annual Blue Light initiative in Queensferry received a major boost when the contractors involved in building the new Forth Crossing bostered funds by £1500.
The cash injection funded a recent ‘Blue Light Disco Cruise’ on board the Maid of the Forth and it will help fund other activities through the coming year.
Throughout the course of the year, the local police and youth workers in Queensferry, under the name Blue Light Edinburgh West (BLEW), stage regular ‘Blue Light’ events.
The objective of ‘Blue Light’ is to give young people, age range 11 to 13, an environment that is free from objectionable and anti-social behaviour and violence and one in which they can enjoy themselves and socialise without causing distress or annoyance to the community.
The initiative also helps primary seven pupils in the Queensferry High School catchment area in their integration with other pupils towards their transition to the High School.
PC Aidan Douds, a safer neighbourhood officer at Queensferry said: “Blue Light has had a tangible effect in Queensferry and the surrounding districts in reducing youth related anti-social behaviour and has helped develop a stronger relationship between the police and the young people in the community. We are incredibly grateful for the donation from Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors which will enable us to reinvigorate our activities in the coming year.
“The initiative has been running since 2006 in Queensferry and it’s as popular now as it’s ever been. It’s highly regarded in the community and can give the local young people a sense of focus as well as helping them build relationships with police officers and youth workers.
“In order to get things up and running and to maintain equipment, we have relied on contributions from local groups and businesses.
‘‘Recently, we received a very generous donation from Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors, the group currently building the new Forth crossing.
‘‘This donation enabled BLEW to fund the recent cruise on the Maid of the Forth and will allow us to continue to assist and work with young people over the coming year.”
Steve Stewart, community learning and development officer at the Rosebery Halls said: “There is an excellent approach to inter-agency working and co-operation, integrated into delivering youth work in the area.
‘‘The city council departments, the emergency services, Queensferry Community Council, Queensferry Rotary Club, the private sector, churches, schools voluntary and uniformed organisations have developed strong, local working networks.
‘‘This means that maximum impact and benefit is achieved by all those agencies involved in delivering youth work.”
Carlo Germani, Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors project director said: “FCBC is delighted to help BLEW with their excellent initiatives which are doing so much for the young people of Queensferry.”