Release Date: 04-Nov-2009
Young people from Dewsbury and Mirfield got busy during half term, cleaning up their neighbourhoods and taking part in a number of community events organized by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) and tenants’ and residents’ groups.
In the London Park and Moorside areas, dozens of youngsters and their parents joined forces with KNH staff, community rangers and the local police to tidy up their estates.
Children and parents from London Park in Mirfield worked with KNH and Council staff to clean up their estate
All their hard work was rewarded with Halloween parties, where everyone enjoyed getting into the ‘spirit’ of the occasion, with fancy dress and face painting.
Meanwhile the Schoolcroft Motivators took part in a bike ride along the Spen Valley Greenway. This is a group of young people who work with the local tenants and residents association (TRA) and housing staff to improve their estate.
The group have successfully applied to the area committee for a £1000 grant to help fund a bike club.
KNH Neighbourhood Tenant Participation Officer, Debbie Hugill, helps organize many such events in the neighbourhood. She said:
“Events like these are a great way for different people and services to work together and get to know each other better.
“They help build bridges between different groups and – in the case of the clean ups – have a real and visible benefit.
“People are sometimes quick to criticize young people for not doing anything except cause trouble. But youngsters like these show that they do actually care about their communities and they want to make a positive difference to where they live.”