Youth volunteer pays LEGO tribute to frontline workers during social distancing
04 May 2020
by Angeline Sneddon
A teenager who is part of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Youth Volunteer Scheme in Kilmarnock has paid tribute to frontline workers by recreating a fire station with hundreds of pieces of LEGO.
Aidan Wright, 17, made the structure during a virtual lesson, created by YVS leaders so that all the young volunteers can continue to learn together at home whilst observing social distancing rules.
SFRS launched the scheme in February and around 60 young people are already on board to take part in the programme, which is open to young people aged between 12 and 18. It supports them to broaden their knowledge and skills, whilst being SFRS ambassadors in their communities. Although the volunteers have been unable to meet face-to-face in the past few weeks, instructors have been keeping the momentum going by setting online challenges for them to do - including a virtual drill night, an online quiz and developing fire escape plans for their families at home. YVS units in Kilmarnock, Dumbarton, Campbeltown, Tobermory and Helensburgh have been taking part in the virtual tasks. Speaking about his Lego creation, Aidan posted on the group’s Facebook page: "I think I done pretty good". Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Deputy Assistant Chief Officer John Miller, who leads the Youth Volunteer Scheme, said:
"We want to try to make this period of time as much fun as possible and encourage young people to keep in touch with their instructors and peers.
“The instructors really have pulled together to make sure that lessons can continue in this virtual format and I want to thank them for that. “We want to keep these bright young people engaged and motivated in this programme. They are role models in their own communities and these online lessons will give them the tools they need to continue to do that. “Despite the challenges, they have been showing their creative side and I hope they continue to enjoy their journey with us on this special programme.”
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