Young litter-pickers in the Priory area of Wellington are looking forward to the benefits of being part of the newly-launched Dreamscheme. They took part in a clean-up of The Mounds area in Priory, helping to fill several bags with rubbish and, as a result, earned points towards rewards and future activities.
The scheme in the Wellington East area is led by Taunton Deane Borough Council’s Community Development team under the Wellington One Team umbrella. It aims to harness the energy of bored young people and encourage them to make a real difference to their community. The Borough Council has invested £2,000 in the project, match-funded by the One Team which brings together public sector services – local authorities, police and fire service – to work with the community and improve life for local people.
The Dreamscheme in the Priory area involves community development working with local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and Knightstone Housing’s Community Empowerment Team who will work with young people to bring about improvements to the neighbourhood.
Jane Edmonds, Assistant Director of Individual and Community Empowerment at Knightstone, said: “We’re really pleased to have started another Dreamscheme in Wellington. It’s great to see young people getting involved in the project already, and making such a positive contribution to their local community.”
Paul Chamberlain, who leads the Wellington One Team said: “Our motto is ‘Think Differently Do Differently’, and it is our One Team guiding principle towards reducing crime, anti-social behaviour and improving the quality of life locally.”