The good citizen’s project is in its second year and we are delighted to have received sponsorship for Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership to continue to recognise the pupils in the local schools in the Stranraer area and this year for the first time in the Newton Stewart area.
Every year within our local areas there are children who try to have a positive effect on our communities which goes mostly un-noticed by the communities they live in. These children do well in their school, trying to help improve the ethos of the school community assisted with younger pupils and they are a pleasure to teach. Some children assist within their local community putting out bins, walking dogs, helping at local community events. They become involved in local groups and some represent their school and local clubs at regional level. It was felt that these children deserve recognition for their contribution to society and school life.
The school are responsible for nominating two pupils each and provide reasons for their choice. Not an easy decision as within each school there are always numerous candidates.
The prize giving for Newton Stewart was held as part of the transition days and Constable Alison Hannah and Nicola McFadzean, school Liaison officers were joined by Mr Cowie, Head teacher at DEHS who presented the awards and certificates to the winners
An awards evening took place within Stranraer Library for the Stranraer children and their proud invited guests. The children were addressed by Sergeant John Murdoch, Community Sergeant within Stranraer who opened the nights proceedings along with community officers. Sheriff Robb and his wife Susan were invited to present the awards. Sheriff Robb explained about how proud he was to be able to take part in such a worthy project and gave a few words of encouragement to the children.
The certificates and medals were awarded whilst many proud parents and invited guests watched and applauded. At the finish of the awards evening the children were asked by the community officers if they would like to join them in a day out which is the main reason for the funding provided by DGHP as part of their community work.
The prize winning day will involve a visit to the coca bean chocolate factory at Twynholm and for an afternoons orienteering at Kirroughtree Newton Stewart with the forestry commission staff.
Community officers Elaine Milven and Gayle Allison are delighted to continue on with this worth project and are looking forward to having a fun day out with the worthy winners
The good citizen’s project was a worthy winner of the Scottish Policing Awards for 2011 and is being adopted by some of the other forces in Scotland.