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Teenagers get stuck into Oldham community clean-up

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Published by KDavison for New Charter Housing Trust Group in Communities and also in Education, Housing

Students from Oldham Academy North who took part in the clean-up Students from Oldham Academy North who took part in the clean-up

Teenagers got their hands dirty to help clean-up a neighbourhood as part of a new community project run by Oldham-based social landlord Aksa Homes.

The young people from Year 7 at the Oldham Academy North joined forces with the housing association to tidy up streets in the Westwood Area.

They got stuck into gardening, litter picking and painting fences around Sherwood Street to make the area look spic and span.

The young people hope their hard work will encourage others to take pride in their neighbourhoods while educating them on the importance of keeping communities clean, tidy and safe.

Pupils also ran workshops with residents to teach them about the environment and community safety.

The project aims to raise awareness of how local people can help to improve communities and drive down antisocial behaviour.  It also brings people from different age groups together to help break down barriers in society and challenge perceptions.

Stacey O’Connor, Head of Year 7 and Transition at Oldham Academy North said: “We’re already starting to see the benefit it is having on the community and young people.

“Being out and about in the local area is giving the students confidence and their presence in the neighbourhood is having a positive effect on residents who are seeing their hard work and showing an interest in getting involved themselves.” 

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