Over the past few years, Trent Bridge Community Trust’s Positive Futures programme has successfully undertaken numerous community pride projects around Rushcliffe and beyond.
Primarily, these aim to engage identified young people in physical improvements selected by their local community.
A recent example of this took place in East Leake, where a team of three young people undertook maintenance of the town centre by removing weeds and planting new flowers to improve the aesthetics of the town.
The success of this project was largely down the commitment of each participant, who gave up their own time during the school holidays to enhance their community.
The team of young people also worked in collaboration with local councillor Kevin Shaw who provided vital support and resources, which reduced inter-generational gaps, further adding to the positives of this scheme.
The motivation shown by the participants was excellent, with one young person travelling 25 minutes just so he could be a part of the project.
The benefits of the project were immediate, with one teacher at a local school stopping by during the work, stating how amazed he was by the work they conducted and expressed his gratitude for the improvements made.
Following the completion of this community pride project, a range of feedback and benefits have been observed by the community including, improved local perceptions of East Leake town centre and an increased sense of unity because of the reduction of social barriers.
The young people who engaged with this particular project also stated they felt they were more proud of the area that they live in as a result of their work, as well as that they had learnt to be creative in a more positive and structured way.