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Eco Warriors Rewarded for their Environmental Work

As part of Tees Actives 20th birthday celebrations local charities and organisations were invited to nominate themselves to enter a draw which would give them an opportunity to win exclusive use of Billingham Forum Ice Arena for their service users.

The lucky winner was the Groundwork Norton Grange Project. The free weekly children’s session has been delivered for the past 3 years, and engages with children aged 5–12-year-old who have all signed up to an ‘Eco warrior’ project

This project was designed for the children to take pride in their community, improve their community, increase education around recycling / Eco activities and make positive and healthy choices independently.

32 children have engaged with the project and have achieved amazing results, they have all worked towards their platinum awards and most have managed to reach that goal. This means they have participated in at least 100 activities that have made a positive difference to their environment, their community or themselves.

The children have completed multiple community litter picks, made bird feeders to feed birds in the colder months when they need a helping hand, made bird boxes, were trained to remove graffiti and regularly participate in this activity, bring in recycling materials weekly and support their friends and family to do become more environmentally aware. They have also awarded for Eco points for making healthy choices that have positive effects.

Kelly Potts, Project Lead said “This was perfect timing the project sadly comes to an end on Tuesday 25th June. The exclusive skating party was a superb to reward the young peoples achievements as the project comes to an end.”

Allan McDermott, Tees Actives Community Engagement Manager said, “What a great way to finish Tees Actives programme of 20th birthday celebration events, by rewarding a great group of young people who have contributed so much to making their local community more environmentally friendly.”

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