Teenagers spruce up community centre

Scheme participants CJ Harris, Yasmin Fakhrai, Matthew Sharman, Lydia Clipston, Sarabeth Chalyaractha, Fran Ashworth, Alice Ayling and team leader Claire Durbin

Scheme participants CJ Harris, Yasmin Fakhrai, Matthew Sharman, Lydia Clipston, Sarabeth Chalyaractha, Fran Ashworth, Alice Ayling and team leader Claire Durbin

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A group of youngsters have spent the week doing up a community centre near Kettering as part of a nationwide scheme.

The seven 16 and 17-year-olds have painted Barton Seagrave Community Centre as part of the National Citizen Service initiative, which aims to give teenagers the chance to take part in social projects and obtain life skills and experiences.

As well as a week undertaking the community scheme, they have already taken part in other activities like team-building exercises.

“They wanted to freshen it up and give it a new lease of life,” said team leader and mentor Claire Durbin.

“The centre is used a fair bit by the Barton Seagrave community. The people I have spoken to who use the centre can’t wait to see what it looks like, because it was a little drab.”

One of those taking part, Matthew Sharman from Barton Seagrave, said: “It’s been a good experience. It looks a lot better than it used to, and more modern as well.”