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Premiere showcases advice for young and old on 'Keeping Safe'

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The premiere of a 'Keeping Safe' DVD, the result of collaboration between students at the Robert Mays School in Odiham, and an older people's Young@Heart Club, was screened at a launch event in Hook.

The intergenerational project was a joint idea between students and the older people. The DVD provides advice on safety concerns that affect all ages, for example; safety and awareness out and about, computer and mobile phone use, and buying goods.

Members of the Young@HeartClub starred in the DVD, which was scripted, filmed, produced and directed by the students. Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Constabulary, Neighbourhood Watch and Robert Mays School Community Liaison and Care Committee (CLACC) helped the group to pull together the information and advice featured.

The Young@Heart Club was set up under the Ageing Well in Hampshire Older People's Well-Being strategy in response to research which showed that older people felt at times, intimidated by youth, and that equally young people also did not understand older people.

The club is run by ex and current pupils at Robert Mays School, from The Base Youth Club, and has successfully bridged the gap between the young and old. The aim is to roll out the Young@Heart initiative to other schools around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, with Andover being the next area.

Speaking at the launch, Ben, one of the students who helped produce 'Keeping Safe' said: "When you are part of a group that enjoys each others company and laugh a lot, it cheers up your day and makes you glad you are part of the club. It was really good to be part of the DVD and will be great to do the next one."

John, who had a starring role in the DVD, said: "I enjoyed being part of the filming and working with the young people. We have had a good laugh and still managed to get across the serious message that will hopefully stop people becoming victims."

Hampshire's Deputy Police Crime Commissioner, Robin Jarmin, Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary, Andy Marsh and Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health were among the guests at the launch.

Cllr Fairhurst, said: "Keeping Safe is a truly wonderful example of a collaborative project between older and younger generations. A great deal of thought has gone into developing this DVD to make it relevant and accessible for people of all ages. It offers good advice on a wide range of issues from drug use to home security. Everyone involved should be very proud, and I hope that it will be used by many to spread the word on how to stay safe."

Chief Constable Andy Marsh, said: "Keeping Safe" is an exceptionally valuable piece of intergenerational work and the students have shown a great deal of compassion, professionalism and determination while working with the Young@Heart Club members to develop this crime prevention DVD. The force is looking forward to promoting this DVD via the website, social media tools and the young Volunteer Police Cadets, as well supporting the roll out of the template around the county to establish similar clubs supporting the elderly and vulnerable in our policing communities."

For enquiries or to request a copy of the DVD email: wellbeing@hants.gov.uk

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