Easter Pots bridge the gap

Top Left PCSO Paul Payne, PC Andy Micklewright and PCSO Lorraine Hudson with

Top Left PCSO Paul Payne, PC Andy Micklewright and PCSO Lorraine Hudson with

An Easter flower pot project has taken place in both Guisborough and Boosbeck as a way o try to bridge the gap between the kids in those areas and the older generation. It was the nitiative of PCSO’s Lorraine Hudson and Paul Payne. Lorraine said: “As PCSO’s working   as part of Guisborough’s Neighbourhood Policing team our role is to deal with ASB and work within the community to resolve community issue’s. Last year we secured some funding to put on some activities for our young people throughout the holidays. This was a great success and saw our reported ASB reduce by 50%. Since then the kids have been sking if we’re organising anything else for them to get involved with so when we heard that there was some funding left over in the AEC pot we applied for some and got it. The funding came from the AEC area environmental committee and we got enough funding for 150 pots, flowers and compost.” The idea to use the money for the Easter flower pot project came about because over the winter months there had been a few problems with snow ballers mainly targeting elderly residents and in Guisborough when the playing field is wet and muddy and too dark to play on, the kids tend to congregate around Howlbeck Road shops, which is again directly opposite many elderly residents. Lorraine went on to say: “Because our elderly residents don’t really know many of our young people they automatically fear them and feel intimidated by them when they’re in large groups. Not all of them are angels but in reality there are a very small number that actually get themselves involved in anti-social activities the rest are just meeting up with friends and hanging about. We thought by getting the kids involved in planting up and delivering the flower pots it would achieve two goals. Firstly it would give our young people an activity to do in the holidays and also for them to meet many of our elderly residents face to face. This hopefully will be the first step in gaining confidence and respect with both parties.”

“In Guisborough the project took place on Monday 18th April 11am till 3pm at Laurence Jackson School who they very kindly let us use their newly erected poly tunnel. Fifteen young people from Hutton and Guisborough ward turned up on that day to take part and all received an Easter Egg for their efforts. The equipment (trowels and gloves) were lent to us by Challoner Primary School and Laurence Jackson School. We were also helped on the day by staff (Angela Cook) from PAYP (positive activities for young people.) The day went really well and we got some very surprised faces from our elderly resident and lots of smiles.” said Lorraine In Boosbeck on Saturday 23rd April, ten local kids turned out, along with PCSOs Paul Payne and Lorraine Hudson, PC Andy Micklewright and Councillor David Williams. When we asked the kids why they had volunteered to take part in the event, this is what some of them said: “I like planting stuff and I want to help elderly people.” Billy Holbrook – 7 years old. “I thought it might be fun ad kids don’t give enough respect for older people. They should be thinking rather than shouting.” Alycs Holbrook – 11 years old. “I wanted to do something nice for the community.” David Bailey – 13 years old The first Easter pot in Boosbeck was given to 90 years old Mary Murphy, who spoke emotionally when the plant was handed to her. Mary told Coastal View: “This is good to see. I know all these kids and I used to be the lollipop lady for their parents.” These projects would not have been able to happen without the help of Guisborough Area Committee and local volunteers from both communities. Lorraine said: “With many cut backs within youth services I feel we have to try and help and feel boredom is one reason behind most of our low level ASB. Some may say organising activities for our young people is not our role but working as part of the community and resolving community issues is and if it helps resolve some of the issues then surely it is our role.”

Mary Murphy with her Easter Pot

Mary Murphy with her Easter Pot

 

 

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