Tuesday Oct 6, 2009
Tuesday 6th October saw the launch of Turnaround in your community. The aim of this venture is to get local young people working and respecting their community.
Two weeks ago on Tuesday 29th September members of Turnaround and Staffordshire Police met 12 year 10 students at Belgrave High School in order to find out what they were interested in and how they could improve facilities in their local community.
Following a visit to the M42 Services at junction 10 the students came across an old rundown play area which was no longer used due to a new play area being built several years ago. The student all sat down and voted on some key roles (Project Manager, Accountant, designer), the students then spent the following Tuesday in a classroom putting all the plans together ready for the launch on 6th October.
Due to having a new play area the students decided that there was no need to design a second play area and felt that they would design an area where people could go and chill out, sit down and just relax. The old rundown play area would have a full make over with the fence being fixed re painted, the ground dug out and the area fully barked with flowers on display, benches to sit out and a concrete feature in the centre of the area for everyone to look at.
Thanks to local businessman Mike Smith from MJS Enterprises who came along with his digger to save the day to move 4tons of soil in order for the students to start the work. Having started the project the student set to work along with members of Teamwork and Staffordshire Police to painted the fence, lay the ground sheeting down followed by 4 tons of bark chippings which was donated by H & G Goulds saw mill in Fazeley.
Sgt Jim Hooper from Turnaround said "this is an excellent opportunity for the students to work in their community and make a big difference. The work which the students have put into this project is outstanding, apart from a little help at the start the students have managed the project from finding out what tools are required to getting quotes and costing from local companies. The students are a credit to their school, community and their selves and I know from talking to the students that once this project has finished at the M42 services they want to start a different project in order to make their community a better place".
The project at the M42 services will be running for the next two weeks in order for the students to put the flowers, benches and main feature down. So far the project has support from local companies Seaton Hire, Planters and Tippers, a special thanks needs to go to Briers in Glascote for the use of a large skip, without their support the students would have been struggling. Sgt Hooper added "it is good to see that local businesses can see what effort the students are going to in order to improve their community and again it is good to see both the younger and older generations working together".