Police studies students at Ayrshire College go beyond their coursework to support community projects.

The students have been collaborating on an anti-social behaviour initiative with David Porte, team leader for community safety with South Ayrshire Council's Thriving Communities team, as they learn to identify and report such incidents, which will lead to a safer environment for everyone.  

They also embraced the recent 'Beat the Street' competition which encouraged local communities to ditch the car and to consider active travel.

Building on the success of a “seasonal stroll” initiative in December last year, the students are continuing their Paths for All Green Health walk leader training.

These walks provide opportunities for students to interact with the community, promoting a sense of wellbeing while enhancing their leadership skills. 

Several are already certified leaders, participating in the BRIT Challenge - the British Inspiration Trust’s annual event - which aims to improve the mental health and fitness of young adults and students throughout the UK and raise vital funds for local, regional and national charities, alongside BRIT. 

Participation in these initiatives allows students to gain practical experience in areas such as community engagement, anti-social behaviour identification and leadership.

These are all skills that are highly sought-after in law enforcement careers and enhance their CVs. 

Elaine Zenati, curriculum manager at Ayrshire College, said: “Education is so much more than lessons within the classroom — we pride our students and staff in being community champions who are actively influencing future generations by making a real difference.

"By promoting health, safety and community spirit, they show that society matters to them, all while gaining essential skills for their chosen careers.”