Young people improve town as TimeOut Task Force gets to work

Published on: 12 Aug 2013

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Young people who have teamed up to help improve parts of Keynsham and to tackle the stereotypes surrounding teenagers have completed their first project.

The TimeOut Task Force got to work painting the bins in the Memorial Park, and members now each have a distinctive purple hoodie, presented to them by housing provider Curo as part of its Neighbour Hoodies initiative.

Task Force leader Phoebe Bidgood, 16, said: “Our town is a great place to live, but there are some parts of it which are a little neglected and could be improved with just a little work.

“That’s why some young people from the town, including myself, decided to start our own Task Force."

Jo Bellotti, from Curo Community Investment Team,  said: “At Curo we are really pleased that the TimeOut Task Force have agreed to be part of our Neighbour Hoodies initiative. We want Neighbour Hoodies across all of our neighbourhoods to show their local communities that young people are keen to play an active role in looking after and caring for their local environment and the people who live there.”

She added: “We are also keen to offer the young people the opportunity to gain certificates, accreditation and work experience that will benefit them in the future.”

Keynsham youth worker Mark Willcox said he was pleased about the partnership between Curo and Keynsham Town Council, which would benefit both the young people and the community.

He said: “This initiative has been driven by local young people who are keen to make a difference in their local community and also to challenge negative stereotypes about young people through positive action.”

Phoebe explains more about the Task Force at www.fixers.org.uk.

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