Llangoed clean-up

Llangoed youngsters have made a difference in their community thanks to funding from Crimebeat.

Recently PCSOs Natalie Tookey and Iona Beckmann joined 10 youths that attend the Red Cross Youth Bus, to paint the changing rooms of Llangoed Football Club.

PCSO Tookey explained: “The club is used by the majority of Llangoed community as they have recently received a `play pod`, which aims to bring families and communities together to encourage play.

“The football club has not had any renovation for a number of years so the work undertaken by the youngsters was greatly appreciated.

As well as painting the youngsters undertook a litter pick around the area of the pitch and they removed graffiti.

The group, who were assisted by councillors as well as representatives from various agencies, also met at the Haulfre care home. Each youth was allocated to an elderly person to assist in the bingo game, this allowed the young people to chat and engage with the elderly.

PCSO Tookey said: “One youngster from Llangoed particularly enjoyed this part of the project as he said he `had gained a friend.”

“It was something totally different for these people as they rarely get a chance to socialise with people from outside of the home. It also encouraged intergenerational relationships and we hope that this in effect will deter youths from using the elderly as objects of anti-social behaviour.”

The youths then attended Pont y Brenin, a sheltered accommodation estate in Llangoed, where they picked up more litter and gave their community a good tidy up.

“This part of the project gave the youths a good sense of community pride and enabled them to respect their village. They were educated on the vulnerability of some of the residents living in this estate and dissuaded from behaving anti socially in the area.”

At the end of the week Llangoed Village Hall provided the venue for a fun day, with the aim of encouraging more parents from the community to get involved with creating somewhere for the children/youths of the village to play and socialise.

Various agencies attended the events, including the Fire Service, the Red Cross, Anglesey County Council youth bus, as well as Patricia Hughes DL from Crimebeat.