Reward scheme launched to crackdown on antisocial behaviour

The youngsters can pick up points for paintng and other tasks.

The youngsters can pick up points for paintng and other tasks. - Credit: Archant

A SCHEME aiming to crack down on antisocial behaviour and give youngsters something to do has been launched on two of Weston’s estates.

The Dreamscheme sees young people, aged eight to 14, carry out work in their community to earn points which can be exchanged for trips and activities.

The project is being launched by PCSO Susan Venn-Adams, who works on both the Coronation and Oldmixon estates.

She said: “With the amount of antisocial behaviour on the estates, with the children especially, the community relationship unfortunately seems to be breaking down.

“They do get bored. There’s nothing for them to do so this is an ideal opportunity to get something up and running.”

The work includes litter-picks, making birdboxes or painting.

PCSO Venn-Adams previously worked on similar projects in Burnham and Highbridge, and said they were very successful.

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She said: “My thinking is they may be willing to work in the community and pick up some new skills at the same time.

“It will hopefully keep the community engaged with each other and on an even keel, because at the moment we have not got that.

“The idea is if they do something for the community and have pride in it then they are less likely to damage it.

“In Burnham, the project meant the relationship between the community, police and youngsters was really strong. It had a really positive effect there.

“I’m hoping we can hit the right note down here too.”

PCSO Venn-Adams and the organisers are hoping more volunteers will get involved and also receive funding from businesses.

The project is due to start in time for the summer holidays.

For more information or to get involved, contact PCSO Venn-Adams on 101.