‘Oot and Aboot’ with Modo

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The annual community extravaganza, Aden-een The Shell Fireworks Parade 2015 will be happening in less than six weeks’ time!

It’s an exciting time for the Modo Team, the community and the hundreds of young people who will be participating.

The Workshop Assistants are already working with local groups and schools to produce performances worthy of their skills and talents.

One such group of young people are those who have been coming along to Modo’s ‘Oot and Aboot’ sessions in Peterhead.

‘Oot and Aboot’ is a collaboration with Community Planning, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire & Rescue.

Every Monday evening in Drummers Corner (6-8pm) and every Friday evening in Eden Park (6-8pm) large numbers of young people of all ages have been rolling up to learn some challenging new skills from the Modo staff and volunteers.

The activities on offer, such as stilt walking and fire performance, give the young people the opportunity to learn something exciting in a positive, safe environment. The project has also provided an opportunity for partners to engage with some of the young people in a friendly and informal situation.

The sessions are free and open to young people of any age. The activities create a happy, lively and inclusive atmosphere which is attracting members of the community to come along and enjoy their public spaces.

Many of the new participants have become very confident in their new found skills and have been joining Modo at Galas and Community Events during the summer months. It has been a great experience for them and their confidence has been boosted by the enthusiastic reception they get from the public.

For the next six weeks the Modo Team will be working with them on some fantastic fire routines and other amazing performances that will transform them into something spectacular in the woods at Aden-een.

‘Oot and Aboot’ follows on from a successful pilot project last year in Meethill Park. The programme offers an alternative to harmful and destructive activities by offering free, fun and challenging activities in anti-social behaviour hotspots within Peterhead.

The current programme of activities will run until November 1 and is funded by Aberdeenshire Alcohol & Drug Partnership, Buchan Community Planning Group, Buchan Community Safety Group, Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership and Cashback for Creativity.