Halloween challenge ends on a high

Paul Malone Posted by
Friday, November 16th, 2012

South Down Neighbourhood Policing Team’s Halloween Youth Challenge ended on a high note with an overnight camp in the Mournes.

The scheme, run in conjunction with Newtown Villas/Road Neighbourhood Watch, Rostrevor, is funded by the PSNI’s Assets Recovery Incentivisation Scheme which sees the proceeds of crime invested back into the community.

The Challenge took place over a number of weeks from September right through to Halloween and young people from Warrenpoint and Rostrevor took part in a number of outdoor activities including bouldering, abseiling, climbing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, camping, archery and zip lining.

The final leg of the project took place over Halloween when the young people took a sailing trip on Carlingford Lough before camping overnight in the Mourne Mountains. They were educated on survival and camp craft and all the participants were tasked with constructing their own emergency shelter for the night.

Constable Stewart Finn, South Down NPT, said: “We were really impressed with the efforts and input of all the young people who took part. It was no easy task for them to build their own shelters and they also took on board the advice they were given on minimizing their impact on the local environment.

“The kids finished of The Challenge with canoeing on Carlingford Lough and a championship archery contest. There is no doubt that all who took part thoroughly enjoyed it and the friendships and relationships which developed through the course of the scheme were clear to see.”

The aim of the Halloween Youth Challenge was to help young people find a positive role in their own community and become strong, independent individuals who will make the right choices in life.

Constable Finn added, “The success of the project is also testament to the hard work and commitment of Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator for the Newtown Road area, Mr Jarlath Tinnelly. The support from everyone in the local community has ensured that this was a beneficial and productive project for their young people.

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