Blue Light Band Night 1 [September 2007]

The Blue Light Night initiative was held for the purpose of giving bored young people an alternative to hanging about the streets , reduce incidents of anti social behaviour and substance misuse.

 

Funding

This event was made possible due to a successful funding application to Dundee Community Safety Partnership, community Safety Fund.

 

Partners

The event was en excellent example of partnership working involving:

 

 

Planning

Representatives from the above organisations met on a number of occasions during the planning process.  The notes of these meetings show that each member of the group took ownership of specific tasks.

 

Risk Assessment

A Comprehensive risk assessment was undertaken.

 

Attended

On the night 73 young people participated.

Gender

Age Bracket

Male

Female

-11

11 - 13

14 - 16

17 - 19

29

44

1

11

40

21

39.7%

60.3%

1.04%

15.1%

54.8%

28.8%

 

Resident Postcode Area

DD1

DD2

DD3

DD4

DD4 7

DD4 8

DD5

FK

2

6

4

5

3

40

12

1

2.7%

8.2%

5.5%

6.9%

4.1%

54.8%

16.4%

1.4%

 

The Event

Breathalysing and drug search stations were set up manned by plain clothed officers. None of the young people showed evidence of alcohol or drug misuse.

 

Dundee City Council youth information workers were on hand with a youth information stand offering advice and printed information on substance misuse, health and exam stress.  Young people were invited to complete a local consultation questionnaire.  It is estimated that between 40 and 50 young people engaged positively.

The bands The Living The Floor and the Valentine project began their sessions at 8pm.  All of the young people behaved well and seemed to enjoy the event.  Throughout the evening there were at least three members of staff present at all times.

 

Feedback

Some of the young people expressed a wish to skate this was not possible from a health and safety point of view.  Other complained that the sound was not as good as they had anticipated (The Skatepark was not designed as a  music venue).  However, most of the feed back was very positive.

 

Feedback was received via the Young Scot Website, e mails to the park and handwritten comments all of which have been kept on file.

 

It was particularly pleasing to receive positive feedback from the bands that performed.