The MRI SAR Youth Group aims to develop Environmental Awareness, Safety awareness and Skills development and most importantly it’s Fun.
The MRI SAR Youth Group, is both an investment into the future of Kincardineshire lifeboat crew, and an effective route for raising awareness. The team undertake rescue training and work toward various national awards from Royal Yachting Association, John Muir Trust, Royal Lifesaving Society and Duke of Edinburgh organisations. It is important to have a significant fun element, but this can also build good water confidence and awareness. Day trips over and above normal club hours so far have included waterskiing, canoeing, surfing and diving. The team are very involved with fundraising efforts, both to further their own team, and to help MRI generally. In November the entire team slept out on the MRI 42 and raised £500 toward a winter boatbuilding programme.
It is vital that young people feel informed and empowered to promote safety messages in their own way, within their peer groups, particularly as there have been several teenage fatalities on the cliffs over the past few years. The ideas of the young people, are positively encouraged and supported. Their initiative and desire to spread safety messages has resulted in collaborations with a professional theatre group, art students, the local community safety group, poets and a sculptor, alongside lifeboat organisations, all within the first 6 months of this new dimension to MRI work. The benefits to the young people, MRI and the wider community have already proven enormous.