AN INNOVATIVE police team is taking young people on a trip to an army barracks in a bid to broaden their horizons.
Officers from Colville Safer Neighbourhood Team, based in Royalty Studios, Lancaster Road, Notting Hill, will be travelling with members of Lancaster Youth Club, also in Lancaster Road, to the Woolwich Barracks on April 14.
The day trip is the first of a series of events for a scheme called 'Look at Life', aimed at showing youngsters - who may have spent all their lives in Ladbroke Grove - the opportunities that the world holds. The day, which includes rock climbing, is also an opportunity to show the human face of the police behind their uniforms.
PCSO Irene Scott, whose two sons Neil and Nicholas have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, said: "This is an opportunity for the police and kids to get together and interact."
PC Ken Loyal added: "This is a great opportunity for us to show how we can support young people. We'll all be put through our paces."
Other schemes being planned include a youth ward panel, so teenagers can give their opinions to the police, and a meeting about stop and search tactics.
A football competition is also set to take place this summer.