Summer teen task force has helped to make a difference

Teenagers spent some of their summer holiday break helping to improve their local community.

A total of 20 young people took part in the Dacorum Youth Connexions Make a Difference project last month, which kicked off with a residential week at Hudnall Park in Little Gaddesden.

They then split into two groups to start work on projects in Hemel Hempstead and their efforts were rewarded with a City and Guilds qualification in employability and personal development.

County councillor Richard Roberts, who oversees children’s services in Hertfordshire, said: “The Make a Difference project not only ensured that young people gained a qualification and valuable experience, but they also made a difference in their local community – a fantastic job all around.”

The first team of youngsters gave Bennetts End Youth Centre a paint job and transformed a coffee bar into a retro American diner.

Road safety was top of the agenda for the second team who created an educational pack highlighting the dangers of using a mobile phone or MP3 player when crossing the road.

They also wrote to councillors asking for extra safety measures for roads around the town’s popular XC centre, next to LeisureWorld at the Jarman Park complex.

If you’d like to take part in a future Make a Difference project, call Andy Young on 01442 454060.