From Birmingham South Police:

YOUNG volunteers across Kings Norton have been rewarded for their hard work and dedication to the community.

Throughout the summer holidays, a group of 70 youngsters worked closely with the Kings Norton police team, Birmingham City Council, Youth Services, Housing and ‘Catch 22’ to help improve the area.

The dedicated group cleaned up Ithon Grove, removed graffiti in West Heath Park and cleared the garden of Saffron House old people’s home.

Other areas benefiting from the project were Masshouse Lane and Longdales Road, where 12 youngsters helped the team carry out a community Speed Watch operation following residents concerns that drivers were creating a real danger for local people.

The youngsters, all aged between ten and 17, also visited the Fairway Centre on Whychall Lane where they supported disabled people in food preparation, computer use and art classes.

The project was the idea of Kings Norton PCSO Dean Anderson, he said: “We as a neighbourhood team, really wanted to bring the community together and improve the quality of life for local people.

“That is why this project seemed ideal as the young people taking part were learning new skills, meeting new people and were helping to improve the local environment for everyone in the area.”

As a big thank you from local people, community chest funding paid for an action packed day out at Alton Towers. But only those met the minimum standard of two voluntary six hour shifts over the holiday were allowed to attend.

PCSO Anderson added: “I can honestly say that each and every one of the young people involved deserved their trip to the theme park; they were all extremely hardworking and enthusiastic throughout the summer.

“The difference they have made to their community is nothing short of outstanding.”

For more information on policing in the area, visit the Birmingham South Police Facebook page.

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