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Scarborough's Earth Army Recognised At Awards

Scarborough's Earth Army Recognised At Awards

Published by Karen Liu at 4:24pm 19th November 2019.

Young people from across North Yorkshire have had their hard work and dedication celebrated at an awards ceremony.

Dozens of youngsters gathered at York Racecourse on Wednesday 13th November to receive well-earned recognition for their efforts in this summer’s Lifestyle Challenge.

North Yorkshire Police's Lifestyle Challenge gives young people aged between 10 and 17 a positive project to do over the break.

Teams were invited to think of a project that they could carry out over the summer holidays that would benefit the community.

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

Nineteen teams from Eastfield, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Norton, Pickering, Robin Hood’s Bay, Scarborough, Selby, Stokesley, Whitby and 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.

To mark their hard work, all of those who took part received a certificate and a prize of vouchers for all their team for Energi Trampoline Park in York.

In joint 3rd place – and winning the North Yorkshire Police Harm Reduction Challenge and Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Community Safety Challenge respectively – were KaLiBe from York and Nidderdale Children’s Resource Centre from Harrogate.

In 2nd place, and winning the Suzanne Asquith Dream Come True Challenge, were Mount Girls from York.

The overall winners, in 1st place, and winning the Shepherd Group Conservation Challenge, were Earth’s Army, from Scarborough.

Earth's Army Scarborough

Sergeant Neil Northend, of North Yorkshire Police, said:

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part in the Lifestyle Challenge and attended the ceremony – not only the young people themselves, but also the adult advisors for taking the time to support and help their teams.

The teams should be really proud of what they achieved over the summer. All together, they worked for more than 1,450 hours – the equivalent of over 60 days – and raised more than £1,500.

The results of their projects are a testament to the fantastic commitment and community spirit of our young people, and it was wonderful to be able to celebrate their achievements.

I would also like to thank the sponsors, The Shepherd Group, Eboracum, Energi Leisure, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, York Racecourse, CNG Ltd, the High Sherriff of North Yorkshire, all of whom made the 2019 Lifestyle Challenge possible with their generous support.”

Winning team profile:-

Earth’s Army (Scarborough) – in 1st place, and winners of The Shepherd Group Conservation Challenge

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 8th 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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