A team of youngsters aged 16 and 17 have cleaned up Castleton Road in Middleleaze as part of the National Citizen Service, the Government backed personal development programme.
According to North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson the NCS is a personal project of Prime Minister David Cameron to engage young people during the holidays, build skills for work and life, whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.
The month long project has been coordinated by Swindon College and New College.
Three teams from Swindon College involved 45 teenagers in two weeks of team building and adventure activities and two weeks of community activities.
Klair Robinson, 17, who attends St Joseph’s Colleges is an NCS ambassador as she took part last year. She said: “I love taking part, you meet new people, develop team skills, improve communication and help the community. It all looks good on your CV.
“We spent a residential week in Weymouth sailing, kayaking, rock climbing and raft building; the second week we went to the PGL centre at Liddington for more team building and adventure activities. It was really good fun.”
For their community activities, the teams cleaned the swimming pool at Swindon’s Health Hydro and painted the walls around the junior pool.
One group went on to spend a day litter picking in Toothill and another spent two days in Castleton Road. There they picked litter, cut back shrubs, picked out weeds and swept footpaths, and cleared overgrown grass and nettles in planting bed. B&Q donated plants and bark to spruce up one of the courtyards.
Another group spent a day bag packing at Asda, West Swindon and raised £420 for Twigs (Therapeutic Work In Gardening Swindon)
The Mayor of Swindon Nick Martin joined the group in Castleton Road and got involved with loppers, complete with chains. He said: “The young people have made a great contribution to tidying up the area. It’s a good start for residents to carry on with.”
Resident Bliss Lane, left, who sent up a table outside her house and served cold drinks to the youngsters, said: “It’s great what they’ve done in a short time. I’m thrilled to bits that somebody has paid our road some attention.”
The project ends on 9 August when youngsters will go enjoy a meal donated by Macdonalds at the West Swindon Centre and go a film at Cineworld at Shaw Ridge.