Youngsters praised for their hard work sprucing up Cadbury Heath and Barrs Court

littaYoungsters in the Barrs Court and Cadbury Heath area have been praised for doing work to improve their community.

Neighbourhood police teamed up with the Juice Community Centre and The Grange School & Sports College to help the youngsters, who live locally or attend The Grange, to make a difference over the summer holidays.

PCSO Ian Taylor said: “We’ve been helping a group of 15 young people work in Barrs Court and Cadbury Heath to make things better for the whole community.”

They held a litter pick in Barrs Court park, working alongside the Motivate volunteer group which looks after it.

They also worked in the community garden at Cadbury Heath Library this week, gardening and repainting planters.

PCSO Taylor said: “These young people are working in public places or areas where local people have reported problems with anti-social behaviour.

“Their hard work is showing the community that only a minority of teenagers get involved in thoughtless rowdy or nuisance behaviour – and the young people themselves are learning how to earn some respect from the community. We’re really grateful to everyone who is supporting this pilot scheme.”

As a reward for their efforts the team enjoyed a barbecue at One Church in Earlstone Crescent, Cadbury Heath.