Youth Engagement and Participation Press Release – Darran Park Community Cleanup Project
Every Tuesday throughout the Summer Holidays, around forty young people from Ferndale and Treorchy Youth Clubs have joined forces to help improve the open spaces in their communities. Working together with South Wales Police, RCT Parks and Environmental Services departments, they have spent their days at Darran Park painting benches, planting bee friendly flowers, weeding areas around the lake and some general tidying for members of the community to use and enjoy the area.
The Rhondda YEPS staffs were super proud of the young people’s positive attitudes and their willingness and commitment to the project. They were amazed at the difference they made to the area.
Hayley Manns, Community Youth Offer Coordinator said ‘This project has been a great success. The young people have been working really hard to improve the area and really enjoying the days as a whole. We have been using our YEPS social media site (www.wicid.tv) to post updates and it has attracted a lot of positive attention from residents. The residents have stated that they are so pleased to see young people getting involved in improving their community.’
Enjoy some of the best bits with photos from the days;
Some of the Comments from residents:
‘Brilliant, it’s a pleasure to live in Ferndale with so much community involvement keeping our open spaces a pleasure to share and enjoy. Well done all’
‘Fantastic young people and fabulous youth workers, thanks for looking after our beautiful community’
‘Great to see young people doing good for their community’