Community scheme to help children ‘improve’ town

PUBLISHED: 14:00 10 February 2015

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A Clevedon scheme to encourage young people to help out in the community is restarting this month after a four-month break.

Dreamscheme, which runs similar projects nationally, started in Clevedon in July last year but had to stop in October due to bad weather.

Soushila Phipps, resident activities manager for Alliance Homes which runs the Clevedon project, said: “Dreamscheme is a positive way of working with young people from the age of eight in their local community.

“The young people will do work in Clevedon that will benefit everyone and collect points for their hard work which can then be exchanged for trips. We have about 12 young people involved and will commence our first work activity in February half-term.”

Last summer Dreamscheme saw children helping the community by picking litter off the beach, cleaning up allotments and making hanging baskets for Searle Court, a retirement home in the town. As a reward for their work, the children got to experience canoeing and den building with Mendip Outdoor Pursuits.

Soushila said: “The points system works out as for every hour they work they earn 10 points which is the equivalent of £5. We normally encourage two hours of work and look at smaller rewards but this year the young people would like to save more points and go on bigger trips.

“We meet up with young people at the start of the year and have a brainstorming session on what they would like to do in their local community and rewards they would like to work towards. From this we send out invites throughout the year for work and activity rewards.

“We are always looking at ways of encouraging people to think about positive ways they can improve Clevedon and help build on skills which can be used in the future. It also encourages people to work with service and police staff.”

“Dreamscheme has shown to reduce anti-social behaviour and break down barriers between generations so we would like to expand elsewhere in the district but we need to stabilise Clevedon first.”

The first Dreamscheme work session will take place at Brunelcare in Britannia Way on Monday at 2pm where children will help out with the care provider’s activities session. Dreamscheme is currently only running during half-term and summer holidays.

For more information contact Soushila on 01275 398124 or soushila.phipps@alliancehomes.org.uk


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