Release Date: 06-Nov-2008
Young people in Dalton are working hard to make their neighbourhood a better place to live.
Last week, four young people aged between 12 and 14 took part in a litter pick at Longfield Avenue. They also helped paint hand rails, which were beginning to get a bit rusty, to make the pavements safer for local residents before the winter weather settles in.
Abigail Salmon and Chris White working on the handrails
The work is part of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing’s (KNH) Dream Scheme, a programme that aims to involve young people in estate improvements, build bridges between younger and older residents and provide KNH with opportunities to engage younger residents in their work.
The young people agree a programme of work that will benefit local residents and they earn points for each ‘shift’ they complete. They trade in their points for a reward such as a trip to the cinema or football match.
Bev Taylor is KNH’s Tenant Participation Officer for the Dalton area. She said:
“Everyone worked really hard and seemed to enjoy themselves, despite the awful weather. Afterwards, the young people helped serve lunch at the Longfield luncheon club that many older residents go to. It was great to see the generations coming together and enjoying each other’s company.”
KNH hopes that by doing work on their estates, the young people will develop a sense of pride and belonging in their communities that will encourage them to get involved in other positive activities in the future.
Kirklees Council’s Building Services also supported the scheme by providing a painter to advise the young people as well as all the equipment for the work. Their support made sure the young people involved gained new skills and did a professional job.