Safe in Tees Valley News

Young people prove to be model citizens

Posted : 26/09/2012

Tristar Homes has enlisted enthusiastic young people  to help transform community areas in several neighbourhoods across Teesside.

The young people, who are part of the National Citizen Service (NCS), have given up their time to improve communal spaces and community schemes in the Stockton and Thornaby areas.

This has included the young volunteers converting an overgrown garden in Humber Road, Thornaby, into an allotment, complete with garden shed, for the local Residents' Association. The Association makes a huge contribution to the look of its neighbourhood by growing flowers for Thornaby's entry into the Britain in Bloom competition.

The funding for this project came from Tristar Homes' Thornaby Reaching Out Area Panel, which allocates funding to local worthy causes.

NCS young volunteers have also transformed a seating area and garden, which will benefit elderly residents who live nearby in Doncaster Crescent, Stockton. The project was supported by Shaw Trust and Stockton Borough Council.

Another initiative has been the refurbishment of a room housing the IT suite at Norton Grange Community Centre.

Sculptor Graham Hopper has worked with NCS and local young people to create play structures and a frieze to brighten up a wall at an open space, used by children, including those of Tristar residents, at Cassidi Gardens, Stillington.

The Government-backed National Citizen Service can be a life changing experience for 16 and 17-year-olds, who become involved in activities to help their local communities as well as taking part in challenging outward bound type activities.

Tracey Rix-Mason, Head of Customer Involvement at Tristar Homes, which is part of the Vela Group, said: "The NCS teams have done some fantastic work that will really make a difference to their local communities.

"By taking part in these projects, they have also gained vital new skills and learned to work as part of a team, which will be a valuable addition to their CVs and help improve their prospects with potential employers."

Councillor Bob Gibson said: "These young people are to be commended for giving up their free time to deliver such worthwhile projects within their communities. Their efforts will enhance these areas for years to come."

Tristar received support from other organisations for the NCS schemes including their housing investment partner Apollo, and Discount DIY and MKM Building Supplies, who supplied materials.
Safe in Tees Valley is appointed by the Government to deliver NCS across the Tees Valley.


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