YOUNG people across Middlesbrough are being invited to take part in a series of events to support their local communities.
Community Action Days are aimed at helping 14- to 21-year-olds make a difference to their local environment.
The initiative is being led by Middlesbrough Environment City’s One Planet Pioneers team, with a focus on conservation, environmental, sustainability and horticultural tasks.
Community Action Days will take place on the last Friday of each month from 10am to 3pm, with activities ranging from simple litter picks and community garden makeovers to bigger projects.
One Planet Pioneers Officer Nicky Morgan said: “One Planet Pioneers ethos is to improve life chances of all young people in Middlesbrough and that’s what Community Actions Days are all about.
“Through participation in community engagement projects like this they gain valuable work experience, many transferable skills along with meeting like-minded people.
“We are looking to work with communities across Middlesbrough to help them improve their neighbourhoods, and no task will be too small.
“It’s all about bringing the whole community together, young and old alike –we’d like to hear from the young people, but also mums, dads, grandparents, brothers, sisters and friends.
“We want to help you improve where you live.”
Middlesbrough Environment City is an independent charity that promotes healthy and sustainable lifestyles using the principles of One Planet Living.
MEC works in partnership with Middlesbrough Council, other public sector organisations, community groups, businesses and local communities to run over 40 projects each year.
These include food growing, healthy cooking and energy efficiency initiatives. MEC also manages Middlesbrough’s Cycle Centre located in the Bus Station, the Bike Academy and the programme of Bikeabiility and pedestrian training offered to young people in the town.
More information about Middlesbrough Environment City can be found at www.menvcity.org.uk, or Facebook (www.facebook.com/menvcity) or by following on Twitter (@Menvcity). Information and advice is also available by calling 01642 243183.
Our Bright Future (www.ourbrightfuture.co.uk) is run by a consortium of eight organisations which is led by The Wildlife Trusts: Centre for Sustainable Energy, The Conservation Volunteers, Field Studies Council, Plunkett Foundation, v-inspired, Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and UpRising. Collectively they have more than 40 years of combined experience in managing social and environmental grant programmes totalling nearly £300 million, and proven successes working with and empowering young people within communities of all social circumstances.
The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invests over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
Since June 2004 the Big Lottery Fund has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people. Every year it funds 13,000 small local projects tackling big social problems like poor mental health and homelessness.
Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £34 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.
For more information or to discuss potential tasks, call Nicky or Casper on 01642 579839/579832 or email Nicky on email@example.com