October 22, 2010
police award won by Highbridge Dreamscheme members
Youngsters and leaders from Highbridge's Dreamscheme were
celebrating on Thursday (October 21st) after scooping a top police
award for their work.
The group won the sought-after accolade at the third annual Children
and Young People's Awards, which are held by Avon and Somerset
Police to celebrate the achievements of young people in the force
were three individual winners and three group winners from across
the whole force region, who were all recognised for the contribution
they had made to their local communities.
The Highbridge police beat team, in partnership with the Local
Action Team, set up the Highbridge Dreamscheme in January 2009
in response to concerns about anti-social behaviour during the
The scheme is entirely self-funded and is staffed by volunteers
who put in a huge amount of hard work in setting up and running
sessions. Over 100 young people, aged between 8 and 14, take part
and they have collectively provided over 1,500 hours of community
work in Highbridge since the scheme began.
activities they undertake are always identified by the young people
and what they consider relevant to the community.
Their activities have included collecting over 70 bags of rubbish
during a litter pick, an activity which contributed towards Highbridge
winning a silver medal in this year's Britain in Bloom competition.
They have also washed cars to help raise hundreds of pounds
towards local charities over the summer.
The young people say they enjoy the work aspect more than the
rewards as they get such a good response from the public, instilling
a sense of pride and belonging. They have also received huge support
from residents, who appreciate all that they do.
The group's leader, Jason Adams, thanked the police for the award
and told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was a fantastic day and
all of us really enjoyed it. The police also laid on a special
firearms display for us to watch after the awards, which was a
great end to the day."
PCSO Claire Finch added: "We are absolutely thrilled that
the Dreamscheme has been recognised in this way and would like
to pass on our thanks to all the children who take part and the
volunteers that help us. We hope that the group's success can
continue to grow."
Sgt Ian Kennett also praised the group's work, saying they are
"a great credit to the town" and that the award was
"very well deserved."
Deputy Chief Constable Rob Beckley, who presented the awards,
added: "It is great to see young people so involved in their
communities. All of our winners have shown what can be achieved
with dedication and hard work and the difference it can make to
other people's lives. I would like to congratulate all our winners
and nominees and encourage them to keep up the good work."
Pictured, top, are the Dreamscheme members with Deputy Chief
Constable Rob Beckley at Thursday's ceremony and, beneath, the
youngsters over the summer months and, above, the firearms display