October 27, 2010
Dreamschemers launch Halloween poster blitz
from Highbridge's Dreamscheme have been busy during their Half
Term break this week distributing Halloween posters and crime
prevention advice to homes in the town.
The children, aged from 8-14, spent four hours on
Tuesday (October 26th) delivering hundreds of leaflets
to houses in areas of Highbridge that have previously suffered
incidents of anti-social behaviour and crime at Halloween.
posters, designed by 12 year-old Rachel, can be displayed in windows
if the home owners don't want 'Trick or Treat' callers. The poster
also includes advice on staying safe on the roads, in your home,
in your car and when out and about at night.
The Dreamscheme, which
last week won a major regional police award, was created in
January 2009 by local PCSOs from Burnham Police Station and encourages
young people to involve themselves in community activities, such
as litter picking sessions and fundraising events, in return for
points. When the children have accumulated enough points they
are able to go on trips and days out.
After distributing nearly 800 leaflets, the children returned
to Morland Community Hall to enjoy a well-deserved lunch. They
were also visited by their local Police Press Officer who came
to help them write their own press release about their morning's
"We really enjoyed ourselves this morning," said 11
year-old Hope and 8 year-old Bethany. "We felt happy as we'd
done something to help our community."
14 year-old Bradley Day added: "It was good to help the
elderly people who might be frightened by people knocking on the
"We still carried on even though it was raining, as helping
the community means a lot to us," added Courtney and Amy.
Claire Finch, from Burnham Police Station, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The young people worked really hard today, and kept in good
spirits despite the wet weather! We hope the local community use
the young peoples' advice positively to ensure they have a fun
and safe Halloween. We appreciate any support the local community
can give the scheme."
The young people will adding to their points this Saturday by
participating in a 'litter picking' session around Highbridge.
The reward for their efforts will be a trip to Laser Quest.
If anyone would like more information about the scheme, wishes
to volunteer or help fund the project, they can contact PCSO Finch
on 0845 456 7000.
details are available on the Dreamscheme