Pledges are sought to help local scheme

Residents and businesses are being urged to turn pledges of support into volunteering to help transform the look of Whitley Bay.

The Whitley Bay Big Local partnership, which received backing for their draft plans for the town, is calling on people to volunteer their time.

The partnership is holding a meeting on Tuesday, September 23, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Oxford Street Methodist Church to outline their plans and take pledges of support.

Heidi Douglas, Whitley Bay Big Local board member, said: “We have been encouraged by the support that people have shown for what we are doing.

“But now we are looking for people to take their support to the next level and get involved behind the scenes.

“We are looking for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds; from people who can give a couple of hours of their time to help out at one of our events to those who would like to get more heavily involved with specific projects.

“Don’t worry if your time is limited, we have different levels of volunteering opportunities available and any time you can offer would be hugely appreciated. Whitley Bay has always been a really community spirited town.”

“We are fortunate to have a huge number of people who already give up their time tirelessly to the benefit of others which is very much in the spirit of the Big Local and is something we are looking to build upon to enable even more people to get involved.”

The Whitley Bay Big Local partnership has £1m of Big Lottery funding to spend over a ten year period to make a lasting and positive impact on the town.

Entering in to its second year, the partnership has already achieved a great deal; it has helped to resurrect the old town carnival, introduced a range of seasonal activities for young people in the town and unveiled exciting draft plans for how the town could look with a few small positive changes.

The volunteers are looking to build on this momentum and plan to engage with even more members of the local community to deliver to the Big Local plan over the coming months so is therefore looking for volunteers to help support and shape its activity.