Young people help clear up at care facility

Youngsters have been helping clear up their community as part of an autumn campaign.

As part of the National Citizen Service programme, delivered by social business and charity Catch22, a group of young people volunteered to clean up elderly residents’ accommodation in Battle Hill.

The young people, aged 16 and 17, cleared 15 bags of leaves from the accommodation grounds as well as put stickers on bins with information about rubbish disposal.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “It’s wonderful to see young people making an effort to enhance the appearance of our borough, while also making it safer for residents.

“Leaves can become extremely slippery and a potential problem for residents, particularly for older people, which is why the efforts of these young people will really make a difference.”

Danny Lampsey, who took part, said: “We enjoyed this event and it was good to help the local community as part of our course.”

North Tyneside Council’s annual campaign, now in its seventh year, has seen a huge success in its efforts to reduce the amount of leaves and litter on the streets of the borough.