WIGAN teens are preparing to paint the town ... in pastel shades!
Members and leaders at Franzen and Lowton Youth and Community Centre are preparing to support the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme-backed Partner Challenge this weekend.
They are splitting into two groups, each a dozen strong, before doing work centering on the outdoor space at their Newton Road base which will include painting external walls, garden design, bench-making and planter production from recycled materials along with preparing and digging garden areas for paths and planting.
If however the weather is poor, the work will move indoors for design work, more painting and cleaning.
The Big Challenge Day with a group of 60 young people later in the month will progress the work already started on the Action Day.
Guided by youth centre founder and leader Sandy Franzen and Challenge supervisors, they will be completing gardening and maintenance projects around the Lowton Youth and Community Centre specifically to improve the facilities for disabled and other users.
The events with the Challenge Network have seen rapid growth and they are now able to muster 180 young people in three teams of 60.
Mr Franzen and centre chairman Peter Freeborn said the aim was to help young people “grow and become confident, active and useful members of the community.”
They are delighted that the partnership is now producing “such great results” for the local community.
And looking forward to a new group being initiated at the Youth and Community Centre by volunteers Lesley Teasdale and Carol Williams - Frankies - whose aim is to “support friendships and independence” for disabled community centre users within its renowned relaxed and laid back environment.
Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Active Living Team, has run two six week courses at the centre including teaching healthy cooking for young mothers along with a crèche for the children and are now set to hold another next January.
Mr Franzen is also planning to join next month’s Tax Justice Bus Tour which will be in Wigan as well as Bolton and Warrington.
It sees Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty joining forces to take the campaign for tax justice on the road for a seven-week road tour of communities on a bright red double-decker bus.