Youngsters clean pavilion

Volunteers Corey Millard, 13, Leyton Hitchen, 11, and Jack Harker, 13, cleaning up Jubilee Park pavilion with youth workers Cathy Morley, Clare Brown and Gavin Newton
Volunteers Corey Millard, 13, Leyton Hitchen, 11, and Jack Harker, 13, cleaning up Jubilee Park pavilion with youth workers Cathy Morley, Clare Brown and Gavin Newton
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GENEROUS youngsters proved a clean sweep at helping out their community by volunteering to give a popular youth venue a makeover.

Youngsters attending the regular evening activities at the Jubilee Park pavilion, in Ashton, recently gave up a Saturday to return the popular venue to tip-top condition.

The pavilion hosts Friday evening activities including socialising, music and adventure challenges for children and young people aged between eight and 19, organised by Wigan Council’s voice and engagement service.

However, the popular sessions, which are often standing room only, had left the pavilion with some wear and tear, leading several regular users to pick up their mops, buckets and brushes to give the venue a top-to-bottom clean.

Youth worker Cathy Morley, who helps organise the sessions, said: “The Pavilion has been a real success story for young people from Ashton who have made it their own.

“We want to keep the sessions going and we want even more children and young people to come along and take part, so the young people have decided to help the pavilion become an even more attractive place to visit by giving it a good clean up ready for the year ahead.”

The day of cleaning is just the start of a programme to refurbish the pavilion, with old outdated furniture and equipment being removed and replaced over the coming weeks.

The activities’ organisers also want to work with Wigan Council’s restorative justice team to get young offenders and troublemakers to give the centre a new coat of paint, while plans are also being considered to open the pavilion as a community cafe in summer.

The chance to help the renovation programme has also proved popular with the youngsters themselves.

Leyton Hitchen, 11, said: “This is a great place and we all really like coming here. If it wasn’t here we wouldn’t have anything to do.

“We’d either be out on the streets or stuck indoors playing computer games. We want the centre to look good.”

The Friday evening activities at the Jubilee park pavilion take place each Friday, with sessions for children aged eight to 12 running between 4pm and 6pm and teenagers’ activities from 6pm until 9pm.

For more information, ring the voice and engagement service on 01942 487084 and 01942 487076.