Many thanks for sending me the survey results from your latest social action project working with the Friends of Redcar (FRED).Can I first of all say how much I enjoyed meeting the young people involved in the project and answering their questions, they were certainly very aware of the issues facing Redcar, both in relation to the environment of the beach and the wider economic issues that the town is experiencing.I have had some great feedback about the work that was done with FRED to clean up the beach, and the photos are brilliant. It was a particularly good choice of projects as it has given a boost to Redcar at the start of the visitor season. As you know visitors are going to be even more important to our local economy this year given the closure of SSI and the loss of so many jobs.That takes me to the survey. I was not surprised that top of the list was the need to improve the High Street and bring more shops. The Council has been working hard to attract new retailers and it is good to see that this is supported by the majority of people in your survey. The need for more dog bins was also a popular response. Again this is an interesting finding given that it is now possible to dispose of dog waste in any bin, a point we have been advertising widely as part of our current 'pick-up-the-poo' campaign. As a result of seeing these findings I will now check whether we are making that clear enough in the campaign material.All-in-all the survey raises a number of important issues and I will make sure it is seen by the relevant council officers.As Council Leader and local community activist myself, I know that we need more people to take an interest in, and play an active part in their community. The work that you do with young people is so important, getting them involved early and making them realise that their action can make a difference to where they live - that can only be good for our Borough and the young people themselves.I know this is only the latest of many successful projects, and I would be really pleased if you would pass on my congratulations to the young people involved, and as always, my thanks to you and your team for the great work that you do.
My name is Cllr Alec Brown and I would like to take the time to acknowledge the fantastic results that Imagine You Can (NCS) are achieving in both my ward and across the borough of Redcar & Cleveland. Last year Dormanstown JFC and I where fortuitous to have Imagine You Can agree to a meeting at the junior football club. The young people made a decision from a number of potential social action projects that they would help Dormanstown JFC to the delight of all the kids at the club, the volunteers, the committee and me. The positivity the social action project created around the club was staggering, with the community turning up in force to celebrate the achievements at the clubhouse, on a fun day also arranged by the young people of Imagine You Can. It is my pleasure to be working with Imagine You Can again as they are highlighting the environmental enhancements achieved by local community group, The Friends of Redcar. The positivity and motivation the young people inject into the borough of Redcar & Cleveland cannot be underestimated and long may it continue. It is with great anticipation that I foresee working with Imagine You Can for many years to come for the enhancement of the borough and my ward of Dormanstown.
As an MP I strongly supported the government's introduction of the National Citizen Service. My high expectations were exceeded when I saw the work done in our local area by Imagine You Can (IYC). I was a frequent visitor to their activities, observing, speaking to the young people, coaching them in media activities, helping with a Ministerial visit and attending presentation evenings. To see the transformation achieved in a few short weeks was truly inspiring. I remember asking one young attendee what their parents thought. "Where's my child gone" was the response. NCS is needed in our area more than most. Developing our young people into confident young adults able to successfully access community leadership and employment opportunities is vital for the future. I can't imagine any organisation achieving this better than IYC and I'm not surprised their work is nationally recognised. I hope they can continue with the contract for as long as they are able. I am happy to speak further on this.
I would like to express my gratitude to you for the great work you are doing with the youth in our Borough. It is so very important that our children understand the benefit of community work on all stages. I have always felt that our schools should have a stand curriculum that includes weekly community work. Whether that is with the elderly and social care or with community groups that deliver art, culture, environmental and horticultural work, all these projects are important at creating pride within our home. That is as valuable as any academic subject and to my mind will also reduce crime and Anti Social Behaviour as well as improve the aesthetic and appearance of the areas we live in. Thank you to the Nation Citizen Service and ImagineYouCan, the students and of course yourself for the effort and organisation and for making us feel so welcomed. Please keep up the great work and continue being diverse in your delivery of projects.
As you are aware The Junction a local based charity working to make a difference to the lives of children, young people and their families in Redcar and Cleveland and the South Tees area has received excellent support for the Imagine you Can NCS programme and I very much look forward as we continue to work and indeed further develop our partnership. The Junction has directly benefited from a several Social Action projects including Family Fun day events, raising funds for The Junction, decorating our kitchen and young people's areas at our base in Redcar, Making two excellent high quality films to raise awareness of young carers and of the work of The Junction. In addition through working with the young people on several cohorts we have been able to raise awareness of the work we do, reaching more and increased numbers of young people. We have held discussions on mental health and young carers, in particular, hosted NCS visitors to The Junction and I have personally taken great pleasure and pride from being present and presenting at the graduation events. Not to mention coverage in the excellent IYC NCS Times newspapers that reaches many, many households in the area. All in all our relationship with NCS has been and continues to be nothing but positive. But it goes further; I have met a number of people in various networks who have some understand ing of The Junction and what it does because their children have been involved with an NCS project, so in terms of building The Junctions profile your work also helps indirectly. I am looking forward to continuing to work with NCS and in particular to encouraging and supporting some of the children and young people we work with to access the Imagine You Can TV NCS offer in the forthcoming years.