Officers in Newport have been working with a Polisol Programme with young people aged between 16-18 years based in alternative education. The course covers a range of topics and the group of teenagers are educated on things such as anti-social behaviour, cyber-crime, hate crime and violent crime. As well as looking at these topics, the group of young people have chosen to work on a project to help make Christmas special for families in desperate need.
Community Support Officer Jenny Mullis, who has been running the programme with her colleague Bryan Flynn, said: “The group has made their own eco-friendly Christmas decorations which they will sell on Wednesday 4th December at Friars Walk in Newport to raise some funds towards buying presents for these families, however they have really gone above and beyond, even buying some items from their own pocket to try to make Christmas special for these families in need. They have bought presents as well as making up Christmas eve present packs for 17 families which include pyjamas, slippers, hot chocolate and have made packets of reindeer dust to make the evening extra special for the children.
“I’m so proud of their efforts – they want nothing in return, just to make a difference to those less fortunate. I’d like to thank them for everything they have done and for working so hard.”