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Hard Work Of Young People To Be Celebrated In North Yorkshire

Hard Work Of Young People To Be Celebrated In North Yorkshire

Published by Karen Liu at 5:33pm 5th November 2019.

The hard work of young people from across North Yorkshire will be celebrated at a ceremony next week.

North Yorkshire Police’s Lifestyle Challenge ran over the summer holidays, aiming to give young people aged between 10 and 17 a positive project to do over the long break.

Teams were invited to think of a project that they could carry out that would benefit their community.

They then had until the end of September to work on their project, recording all they did in a logbook provided by the police.

Nineteen teams from across North Yorkshire and City of York signed up, working in their own time to improve their local area, raising money for local good causes and helping members of the community to get to know each other.

In total 65 young people took part, supported by 23 adult advisors. All together, they worked for more than 1,450 hours – the equivalent of over 60 days – and raised more than £1,500.

They will receive their awards at a ceremony at York Racecourse on Wednesday 13 November.

Teams were from: Eastfield, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Norton, Pickering, Robin Hood’s Bay, Scarborough, Selby, Stokesley, Whitby and York.

This year Lifestyle included seven sponsored challenges:

  • Suzanne Asquith – Dream Come True Challenge 
  • North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner – Community Safety Challenge
  • The Shepherd Group – Conservation Challenge 
  • Eboracum – Security Challenge
  • Energi – Be Fit, Be Healthy Challenge
  • CNG Ltd – Energy ‘Sustainability’ Challenge
  • North Yorkshire Police – Harm Reduction Challenge

This year the sponsors included North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, the Shepherd Group, Eboracum, Energi Leisure, CNG Ltd, York Racecourse and our sister station, Minster FM.

The sponsors will be attending the award ceremony and have the opportunity to meet the young team members when presenting them with their award.

The top prize will be an activity adventure holiday for the school holidays early next year.

Sergeant Neil Northend, from North Yorkshire Police’s Partnership Hub, said:

“The fantastic work these young people have done over the summer really demonstrates the way our Lifestyle Challenge can help them and their community.

It is truly inspirational to see all these young people getting involved by carrying out all sorts of projects which help benefit local residents, the community and the environment we live in.

I would like to thank all those who took part in the challenge this year, as well as our sponsors for their continued support, and hope everyone enjoys the awards ceremony on 13 November.”

Here are some of the highlights of the Lifestyle 2019 teams:

Team West - Eastfield, Scarborough 

The team members moved to Eastfield a year ago due to family circumstances and residents have shown them nothing but love and support, so they wanted to help pay the community back by keeping Eastfield tidy and helping the residents.

They cleaning around ‘The Dell’, removing rubbish from under the bushes up and down the hills, where some younger children joined in – filling two large bin bags. They cleaned East and West Way, picking up three bags of litter and also helped a local lady clean her garden because she was poorly. They were congratulated by the local councillor and they became involved with a local residents group.

Beyond Housing came to visit the team at their home as they had heard about their work in the community and said how it was a positive and inspirational achievement. They promoted their work in the Lifestyle t-shirts on their social media page, which reaches out to residents in the North East, and provided more bins to collect any further litter.

At Eastfield Community Fair they ran the ‘hook a duck’ stall and helped at the raffle stall run by their father. This was a successful community event attended the Deputy Mayoress and local councillors. They received over 130 messages of support and positive comments and 260 likes. They learned how to work together and work in a team with the residents of Eastfield.

Whitby 1 - Whitby

Their project was to hold a community fun event bringing the community together, focusing on having fun whilst raising money for charity by making craft, cakes, holding a tombola and teddy tombola and a preloved sale of clothes, books and toys. They raised money for cancer research and ‘Whish’ (Whitby Hidden Impairments Support and Help).

They talked about their own communities, decided a set of rules whilst working together. For the tombola on 27 August they made bracelets, decorated stones, pictures frames, magnets and ‘pop poms’ to sell. They visited a fire station, finding out what firefighters do at community events.

They sold the cakes and crafts they made at the fundraiser, plus any toys and books left over were donated to the two charities and the cakes to the local care home for the elderly. The money raised was handed over to Whish, where some of the team members access their activities. This is why it was one of their chosen charities, as some of the team members have ADHD, Asperger’s, selective mutism, dyspraxia and hearing impairments. The other half of the money was donated to cancer research.

The team learned that being part of a team is important, that they all have skills, and that we are all unique. Community, family and friends mean so much.

The Bedoncey Girls - Robin Hood’s Bay

They wanted to help Sleights football club to buy a defibrillator and also wanted to help InterActive provide toys for Fit Tots, which helps local special needs toddlers and babies, and their parents/carers, to socialise.

Their first challenge was they all had different holidays to work round. They sold items at a stall at a car boot. They decorated jars full of sweets to sell to raise money. They attended a gala at Sleights football club where they sold the jars/cones of sweets. The money they donated to InterActive and the football club received letters of thanks. Their project was very last-minute due to holidays.

They enjoyed working together and it felt good to help make a difference.

Earth’s Army - Scarborough

They are passionate about reducing single use plastic, believe the best way to do this is by educating the younger generation, by hosting activity days and using social media.

They arranged and held two awareness raising days for primary school children at East Ayton Library and at Derwent Valley Bridge Community Library. They researched different activities to take place on these awareness days, inviting the children’s university Scarborough, reps from environmental groups such as Surfers Against Sewage, North Yorkshire Rotters and Sea Life marketing officer. At the awareness events, North Yorkshire Rotters and the Sea Life Centre came and spoke. The leftover food from the awareness days was donated to the local food bank and the Rainbow Centre Scarborough.

They created posters and a Twitter account. They entered a design competition with Big Local Scarborough to create a design for a recycling bin. They created a team mascot for Earth’s Army, ‘Elder’, and showed it to the public and the local council. The council were so impressed that they used their design on their environmental initiatives. They emailed Sainsbury’s to ask what they do to reduce plastic packaging and other organisations to arrange activities.

They visited a turtle sanctuary whilst on holiday in Malta, called Nature Trust Malta, and they did an interview with them on their Twitter page, talking about how turtles and other animals have been injured by plastic waste. They also found out about sea bins which collect floating debris.

With Surfers against Sewage they carried out a beach clean which took place in August with other children. On one of the team’s birthday, instead of a fun day out, they chose to do a litter pick in Forge Valley. On 8 September, one team member spent the day promoting Earth’s Army, explaining ‘Finn the Fish’ to people in South Bay and also put discarded plastic into the imitation fish to demonstrate what can end up in sea animals. They also promoted the use of the sea bins in Malta and asked if a scheme could be set up locally.

On returning from holiday, they did an interview with Yorkshire Coast Radio which aired in late August. They learned a great deal about plastic pollution in order to inform others. They learned how important it is to persevere if you believe in something.

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