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Dreamscheme litter pickers make a difference in Highbridge
YOUNG people in Highbridge showed pride in their community when they picked litter as part of a day of action.
The children, aged between 8 and 12, from the town's Dreamscheme initiative, visited a car park and the recreation ground in Southwell Crescent to clear up rubbish.
They then spent the afternoon working with local artist Fiona Campbell to turn the rubbish into artworks as part of a community project running throughout August.
They created masks as well as a robot and a sea creature sculpture.
Dreamscheme coordinator Trish Hart said: "The day went really well. The children were really engaged with the art project and I think it was a good experience for them in learning about working well together."
Dreamscheme member Natasha said: "I really enjoyed it. It was good to create something that I have never created before, especially making it out of rubbish."
Friday's event was part of an initiative involving Avon and Somerset Police and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, to help children and young people make a positive contribution to their communities over the summer holidays.
Local neighbourhood PCSO Susan Venn-Adams, who attended the event, said: "The project was a good opportunity to build on our existing links with young people in the area and was a chance for the youngsters to gain new experiences as well as showing some of the positive work they do.
"People can tend to have negative perceptions of young people and feel they often cause nuisance but schemes like this encourage people to re-think how they see young people.
"Most young people make a positive contribution to their communities but of course we will take action against anyone causing harassment, alarm or distress, whatever their age."