Dragons hear plans to improve communities

Youngsters have been expressing their ideas on how to improve their communities.

A special Dragon’s Den themed event took place at the Shiremoor Centre for young people on the VODA National Citizen Service programme pitched their Social Action Project ideas to a panel of business experts.

Dragon's Den event held at the North Tyneside Disability Forum, Shiremoor Centre.'REF 0808143317

Dragon's Den event held at the North Tyneside Disability Forum, Shiremoor Centre.'REF 0808143317

Ten teams of young people presented their plans for transforming their local communities and improving the lives of others to the panel of Dragons, which included council officials and local businesses.

Among the proposals were making over the garden of a community centre in Wallsend; transfoming areas of Addisen Street Respite Centre in North Shields; raising awareness of homelessness; increasing awareness of mental health; and helping tackle social isolation experienced by older people.

Robin Fry, of North Tyneside VODA, said: “It has been a real honour to see the young people in action taking control of their projects and taking responsibility for improving the lives of others in their community.”