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Young residents awarded for their innovative green work

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

Tenants and staff at the awards ceremony. Tenants and staff at the awards ceremony.

Young residents in Tameside have won a top national award for their recycling work in their communities.

Youngsters from neighbourhoods in Mossley and Crowswood were crowned winners of the ‘Love where you live’ category by England’s environmental charity and anti-litter campaigners, Keep Britain Tidy for their ‘Waste Creative’ project.

This is the second time New Charter residents have topped this category in 2012.

The residents fought off tough competition from local authorities and large organisations to win the award. The Keep Britain Tidy awards recognise groups that have run the best ‘green’ projects and campaigns across the UK.

Waste Creative is a partnership between New Charter Homes and Woodend Artists which has enabled the youngsters to understand the environment and learn about the value of recycling through interactive art sessions, field trips and animated filming workshops.

Through the project, 40 young people aged 8-16 have been championing the value of recycling in their neighbourhoods and teaching older residents about the benefits and encouraging them to join in.  

Waste Creative has broken down barriers between neighbourhoods which had previously been tough to crack. The project has inspired further projects with residents working together to create wonderful gardens and innovations such as compost bins and water saving devices.

Residents are also looking at creating community gardens and play areas in spaces which were previously hot spots for fly tipping. Residents also demonstrated their work at a presentation for New Charter residents and staff.

For some young people, the benefits reach wider. The filming workshops inspired Declan Gibbons, aged 10 to enter a local photographic competition in which he won 2nd prize, (tuition from a professional photographer).

Phil Barton, Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy said: “Congratulations to New Charter Housing Trust Group for winning the Love Where You Live Community award.

“Their work on this project has been exceptional, as Waste Creative has empowered residents to take pride in their neighbourhoods and develop greater community spirit. Well done to everyone involved in this engaging campaign.” 

New Charter Homes’ Director of communities, Emma Wilson said: “The transformation we have seen in young people teaching and supporting their elders is fresh and different and has really worked.

“Empowering people to take the lead on work in their communities has helped give them a purpose and has supported a reduction in antisocial behaviour on estates.

“Previously, the three core estates involved were experiencing numerous issues with youth behaviour and Waste Creative has completely transformed this and has truly inspired adults as well.”

Due to the success of this work, New Charter is now looking to adopt this learning technique through other projects and initiatives.

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