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Helping to keep Kirkcaldy’s youth safe and sound

From left, Sgt Scott Murray, Station Officer Gary Dall, Liz Easton (YMCA Gen Sec), PC Sally Nodes, Lee Taylor (Detached Youth Worker), PC Scott Maxwell outside Kitty's

From left, Sgt Scott Murray, Station Officer Gary Dall, Liz Easton (YMCA Gen Sec), PC Sally Nodes, Lee Taylor (Detached Youth Worker), PC Scott Maxwell outside Kitty's

YOUNG people in Kirkcaldy are being invited to a free ‘Safe and Sound’ event in Kitty’s next week.

The afternoon session, which is the brainchild of Kirkcaldy’s Area Community Safety Co-ordinating Group, is taking place on Thursday between noon and 4.00 p.m. in the town nightclub.

It is being held on a school in-service day to allow young people from all over Kirkcaldy to drop in and take part in the various activities.

Two local DJ’s will use the nightclub’s sound and light system to entertain those attending and representatives from all the agencies involved will entertain, inform and provide positive safety advice.

There will also be various attractions including a display by one of Fife Police’s drug detection dogs, a public order exhibit, awareness of the Safe Drive Stay Alive project, fire awareness on the Wii, self defence demonstrations and first aid.

Sergeant Scott Murray from the town’s Community Team said: “Although this will indeed be an entertaining event there will be some hard facts and some serious messages to get across.

Straight talking

“Safe and Sound will provide a straight talking, valuable insight into a behind the scenes work of all the groups with some honest safety advice being provided all under the one roof.

“It is being run in such a way that young people of the town can drop in at any time during the afternoon and see what’s on offer.” He added: “We are determined to make it a success.”

As well as Fife Police, Kirkcaldy’s Area Community Safety Coordinating Group is made up of representatives from NHS Fife, detached youth workers from Fife Council, Clued Up, the town branch of the YMCA and Fife Fire and Rescue Service.

The group meets once a month and has public safety and future development at the heart of its strategy.

Advice

Station officer Gary Dall, from Kirkcaldy Fire Station, said: “By engaging with the youths on an informal basis we will be able to highlight the dangers of hoax calls and secondary fires. The timing of this event is ideal for our campaigns in the run up to the festive period.”

NHS Fife will provide guidance on sexual health, the Young Runaway Team from Fife Police will discuss the dangers of running away from home, professional door staff at Kitty’s will discuss how to stay safe in the nightclub environment and Clued Up will offer hard hitting advice on the dangers of drug misuse.

If anyone requests a one-to-one, facilities have been set aside to provide private consultations with experts in their respective fields.

 

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