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Purbeck PALS

This is how many elderly people see teenagers.

Moody yobs with an alcohol problem. The video starts and we see a group of teenagers emerging from the darkness, they are laughing and joking, the camera then switches to a discarded can of beer under a bench – well these teens from the Purbeck’s have had enough of the stereotypes and are fighting back with a charm offensive.

We now see a group of teenagers standing proudly at the public launch of Purbeck Pals.

The video now switches to a female teenager, she is holding a clipboard and approaches a front door and knocks. An elderly gentleman opens the door and the teenager introduces herself. She is there as part of Purbeck Pals.

Purbeck Pals are young people who carry out safety checks for the elderly – fostering understanding between two diverse groups.

We see Ellen as she inspects the property, checking the kitchen and we then hear her talking with the gentleman :

“Okay, it all seems pretty good in there. One thing about your toaster, when you use it do you pull it away from the side ?”

“No, but I’ve been told to”

“Yes, I do advise that, just in case it gets a bit hot and heats the cupboard above”.

We now hear from Sam Woodward about Purbeck Pals :

“Yes, it’s really good and I’m really proud that I’ve managed to get into this scheme and it’s really nice to be able to go into elderly peoples homes and work with them and reassure them”.

We now hear from Ellen Caddy again :

“It’s really good because I think their perception of us is a bit “hoody” and horrible, but when we get to know them they really like us”.

We now see a a group of teenagers with representatives from the partner agencies as they cut a Purbeck Pals cake.

This is the official launch of Purbeck Pals - Dorset Fire and Rescue Officers originally came up with the idea backed by the town council and Dorset Police.

We now hear briefly from :

Steve Crooks, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service – “The main purpose of this scheme is to improve relationships between the different generations”.

Becky Butler, Swanage Rural SNT – “And also the added bonus of reassurance that they have had a home safety inspection”.

The Purbeck School pupils were taught their safety skills back in February at Streetwise.

We now see footage of them undergoing their training, both in the classroom and in a kitchen.

Now they’re hoping that their home safety and crime prevention advice will help narrow the generation gap, while providing a useful service.