A litter bit of help for their community

Front from left, Gary Hibbins, Roxy Elford and Dan Aitken with south Abingdon youngsters doing a litter pick, part of a Damascus Youth Project scheme to get children caring about their area

Front from left, Gary Hibbins, Roxy Elford and Dan Aitken with south Abingdon youngsters doing a litter pick, part of a Damascus Youth Project scheme to get children caring about their area Buy this photo

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YOUNGSTERS saw first hand how they can improve their community after taking part in a litter pick.

The 30 children – aged between eight and 16 and from south Abingdon – set out in the town on Friday to give it an early Spring clean.

The three-hour litter pick was a scheme organised by the Damascus Youth Project.

Youth worker Gary Hibbins was pleased with the event and said it had been a successful day.

He said: “It is effectively working with the community as a whole to empower young people to be more proactive and take more of a leadership role in their own community.

“They all felt a real sense of ownership afterwards. We heard comments like ‘we should do this again’.”

The project was supported with funding from the South and Vale Community Safety Partnership.

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