Castle Island, Enniskillen was the location of a celebration event for the Youth on Water (YoW) project. Young people and their families with Blue Green Yonder and the PSNI Neighborhood Police Teams of Enniskillen and Erne West came together for an afternoon of certificate presentations, barbecues and water sports.
Funded by the Fermanagh and Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), the Youth on Water project gave participants the opportunity to develop a range of water safety skills with the award of Paddle Power BCU certification and in using the focus on water sports to explore deeper issues. faced by young people, such as unconscious biases, community identity, risky behaviors and antisocial behaviors.
The 5-week program developed in conjunction with Blue Green Yonder and the PSNI was delivered at sites close to each community – Castle Island, Camagh Bay and Knockninny to further support the development of community identity, citizenship and the integrated nature of the PSNI district. Police relations within the community.
Speaking about the project, PCSP President Cllr Paul Blake said: “This is a bespoke project in which young people and PSNI officers engage side-by-side in activities that challenge unconscious biases and create meaningful dialogue through which relationships can be developed.
Caolán Faux General Manager Blue Green Yonder said:
“We have had the privilege of working with these young people, their families and members of the neighborhood police teams to develop and implement this program. Using youth work approaches to deliver programs within communities that deepen their sense of inclusion, participation and connection with the community and landscape in which we live.
Fermanagh Borough Inspector Scott Fallis said: “It was a pleasure to meet so many young people and their parents at the celebration of the Youth on the Water programme. This program aimed to build relationships between youth and local neighborhood police officers, and many barriers to engagement were certainly broken down during the 5-week water activities. Although there was a lot of fun and laughter in the water, some really important issues were discussed within the groups. The Police Service is keenly aware of the importance of listening to the views, ideas and attitudes of young people, and these workshops have set the stage for ongoing dialogue.
I would like to thank Blue Green Yonder for their facilitation and commitment to the program, and Fermanagh & Omagh PCSP for providing the funding to allow this work to take place.