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UK:Youth Save and Restore Senior Garden

  • Subject: [cg] UK:Youth Save and Restore Senior Garden
  • From: adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2006 13:33:56 -0400

Garden project grows trust between young and older generations
Published on 07/09/2006

Celebration: As the garden is re-openedJohn Story
YOUNG people from the Phoenix Youth Project have injected life into Stafford
Court gardens for pensioners.

With the assistance of Home to Work and Home Housing, the young people
cleared, planted and restored the gardens.

And now the gardens of Stafford Court, Cleator Moor have been offically
re-opened by the mayor of Copeland, Willis Metherell.

The Phoenix Youth Project was approached by Olwen Lamb (Stafford Court Scheme
manager) to inject some well needed life into the gardens. The project gave
the residents of Stafford Court a garden they can enjoy for many years to come
but another aim was to break down barriers between the younger and older
people of Cleator Moor.

This was part of The Phoenix Youth Projectbs Rewards for Actions Scheme,
which is an innovative project that involves young people aged eight to 19
years working with adult volunteers carrying out a range of community based
tasks/projects. For every hour, worked, points are awarded which can be
exchanged for the equivalent in brewardsb.

The Rewards 4 Actions project promotes young people through their own efforts
whilst addressing personal, social, academic and health issues. It also hopes
to create positive community involvement of young people.

The rewards are trips and activities of the young peoplebs choice. This
summer they have been on a number of trips: go-karting, the Hawse End Activity
Centre, white water rafting at Tees Barrage, bowling and a trip to Alton
Towers. Points are awarded for community tasks, such as the garden project,
carrying out tasks at home and engaging in youth centre activities. This
summer The Phoenix Youth Project has carried out a number of community tasks
including litter picks, leaflet drops, refurbishing, painting and cleaning the
centres where the project runs its youth work sessions.

The youth project has now doubled its provision in the area with the following
regular youth club sessions: Cleator Moorbs Crossfield Community Centre each
Tuesday and Thursday; Frizington youth centre each Monday and Wednesday and
Arlecdonbs Adams Hall on Thursdays. The sessions at all centres start at 6
pm for eight to 12-year-olds and at 7.30pm for 13 to 19-year-olds.

However the project needs further support from the wider community and is
seeking volunteers to help with the running of the three youth centres based
in Cleator Moor, Frizington, and Arlecdon.

For further details contact Paul Rowe, Youth Development Officer on 01946
814555.



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