Youngsters spruce up Jarrow as part of charity project

Groundwork staff and children from Epinay School plant flowers as part of a clean up.
Groundwork staff and children from Epinay School plant flowers as part of a clean up.

Young people have helped to spruce up areas of Jarrow as part of a charity project.

Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, a charity set up to transform borough neighbourhoods for the better, held a youth-volunteering day in the town.

It shows the young people that they can do something for their community and make a positive difference.

Sam Harrison, young people co-ordinator at Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle

Besides volunteers from the charity, children from Jarrow School, Epinay School and Jarrow Cross School were among those taking part.

Among the areas targeted were a community basketball court in Saxon Way, where an artist got to work on a mural.

Graffiti and weeds were removed, and painting took place too. A clean-up also took place outside St Bede’s Church, in Chapel Road.

The charity says it hopes people will “feel a sense of pride” and help to maintain the area in its new state.

Sam Harrison, a co-ordinator for young people at Groundwork, said: “The children and volunteers gave the whole place a good tidy-up.

“The main thing at the basketball court was to make it a more attractive place for the community to come and use. We want people to feel a sense of pride in it and want to keep it looking good.”

About 20 youngsters were involved in the project at the basketball court, with between 40 and 50 others helping out at other sites in the town.

Mrs Harrison added: “It shows the young people that they can do something for their community and make a positive difference. It has improved the area for residents, and, hopefully, this will just be a starting point.”