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Flintshire project aims to bridge gap between schoolchildren and OAPs

A NEW initiative aimed at keeping older people safe was launched at a Deeside school.

YKOPS (Youth Keeping Older People Safe) was launched at John Summers High School in Queensferry earlier this month.

The project aims to show young people the effects of crime and help them understand the fear of crime within older communities.

Jackie Lee, of Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Association, said: “It brings a positive message to all and shows that our younger generation have a big role to play in fighting crime.

“YKOPS proactively engages and develops initiatives that break down barriers between generations and the negative views that are often portrayed about young people.”

Lady Janet Jones, High Sheriff of Clwyd, helped launched the project.

“An initiative which promotes understanding between generations has to be commended and supported,” she said.

John Summers headteacher Azi Rashud added: ‘The YKOPS project will provide our youngsters with a range of opportunities to develop their personal and social skills.

“Working with and socialising with the older generation is a two-way process and benefits both parties.

“The young can learn from the experience of older people while providing them with help and support with little jobs or company.”