Our Youth Group Needs You!

Our Youth Group Needs You!
On the second Sunday of the new running season at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway, three original SRPS Youth Group members were working on the train contributing to the sustainability of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS), operators of the award-winning heritage railway and museum.

As shown in this photo, Liam was the Guard, Andrew Fireman and  Fraser looking after Birkhill Station.

With these members ‘graduating’, the railway’s youth group is now looking for young people, both male and female aged 12 and 13 years old to join them.

The group has its own small workshop to enable it to tackle small refurbishment tasks and a portacabin for meetings.  The young people will work under supervision around the site at Bo’ness carrying out routine maintenance and cleaning tasks.  The group also actively participate in customer facing tasks particularly at Day Out With Thomas™ and gala events.  The activities and meetings are mainly every two weeks from 10.00 to 16.00 on a Saturday.

However, this will not happen unless we have some parents who will commit to coming along and helping to supervise the young people. For parents, practical skills, while helpful, are not necessary as training on specific tasks can be carried out by staff at the railway.   An understanding of customer care issues is an advantage, as is an appreciation of health and safety issues.  Interested persons must agree to a ‘Protecting Vulnerable Groups’ (PVG) check which the SRPS will undertake for them free of charge.  Formal health and safety training will be provided.

This opportunity gives parents the happiness engendered by watching their own children plus others in the group gain self-esteem and self-confidence which grows as they learn new practical and customer interaction skills.

For further information or to apply please contact Linda Batchelor the Youth Group Leader by email or telephone the SRPS office on 01506 825855. Linda will also be at Bo’ness Station on Friday and Sunday this weekend.