Children form clean team to clear up neighbourhood

GROUP EFFORT: Young people and workers from a host of organisations teamed up to carry out a community clear up in Peterlee.
GROUP EFFORT: Young people and workers from a host of organisations teamed up to carry out a community clear up in Peterlee.
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COMMUNITY-MINDED children formed a clean team to tidy up their neighbourhood.

East Durham Homes (EDH) hosted the session with nine to 13-year-olds from the Dene House area of Peterlee, giving them litter pickers and putting out skips in the street to encourage households to have a spring clean.

After the clean-up, the young people and members of their community gathered at Peterlee Methodist Church to give them the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with EDH and partner organisations.

Michael Fortune, board director of EDH, said: “The clean-up event was a great success and I was proud to see so many young people get involved with their community.

“Young people often get a bad reputation for hanging around and causing trouble, but it shows that with a bit of support, they will get involved in helping their neighbours and looking after their environment.”

Peterlee Town Council, East Durham Area Action Partnership, Durham County Council, Dene House Residents’ Group, The Housing Partnership and Investors in Children were also involved.

The 21 schoolchildren involved raised sponsorship of £813 as part of the day, with the funds to go towards putting on activities for them in the future.

Further money has also been pledged from Coun Audrey Laing, Dene House Residents’ Group and The Housing Partnership, bringing the total to more than £3,000.

Sessions planned include leisure centre activities, such as swimming and Battlefield Live sessions and youth club membership.

Police Community Support Officer Carol McCombe will be taking part in a parachute jump and a car wash will be held in conjunction with Peterlee firefighters to add to the cash.

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