Safety DVD created by students at Odiham school aims to bridge age gap

Cllr Liz Fairhurst and Chief Constable Andy Marsh with the creators of the Keeping Safe DVD

Cllr Liz Fairhurst and Chief Constable Andy Marsh with the creators of the Keeping Safe DVD

First published in News Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A DVD about keeping safe in various situations has been created by teamwork between the young and old.

Pupils from Robert May’s School, in Odiham, worked with members of the Young@Heart Club to provide advice on safety concerns that affect all ages, such as computer and mobile phone use and buying goods.

Members of Young@Heart starred in the film, which was scripted, filmed, produced and directed by Robert May’s students.

Information was pulled together with help from Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Constabulary, Neighbourhood Watch and Robert May’s School Community Liaison and Care Committee.

The premiere of the DVD called Keeping Safe was screened at a launch event in Hook.

The Young@Heart Club was set up after research showed that older people felt, at times, intimidated by youth and that young people did not understand older people.

The club is run by ex and current pupils at Robert May’s, who are members of 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 in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Various guests were at the event to launch the DVD including Hampshire’s deputy police crime commissioner Robin Jarmin, Hampshire Constabulary Chief Constable Andy Marsh, and Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s executive member for adult social care and public health.

Mr 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 as supporting the roll of the template around the county to establish similar clubs supporting the elderly and vulnerable in our policing communities.”

Cllr Fairhurst added: “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.”

To request a copy of the DVD, email wellbeing@hants.gov.uk.

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