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Young people in Malpas unite to improve their community and bring the generations together

Six young people from Minerva Arts in Malpas have united to help solve problems in the community as part of UK Youth's Change Squad initiative.

Over the next month, the young people will be supported by UK Youth, the largest national body for the youth sector, to help bridge the generation gap.

UK Youth's Change Squad enables young people aged 12-20 from rural and deprived areas of Yorkshire and Humber, the South West, North West, North East and West Midlands to embark on their social action journey.

The programme, which is jointly funded by The Cabinet Office and The Pears Family Charitable Foundation, will support 150 projects to develop social action opportunities for over 20,000 young people providing them with an opportunity to learn from these activities and share good practice amongst their peers.

As part of Change Squad, young people from Malpas will be awarded up to £400 to develop and run projects in Malpas.

These young people hope to inspire other local residents to care about their community and create a positive image for young people.

The group will be sharing their skills and running a drama workshop with Brightlife, an over 50's social group at Malpas Young Persons Centre.

They are also organising a Community Quiz Night on Saturday 24th June for local residents, raising money for local charities.

Hollie Wimpenny at Minerva Arts said:
"It's great to see our young people come together to help improve the local area. Through UK Youth's Change Squad initiative, our young people are learning the vital skills to enable them to be a positive force for change.
We hope that they will continue on their social action journey to help solve even more issues in their local community, while inspiring other young people to follow in their footsteps."

Maddie Dinwoodie, Director of National Programmes at UK Youth, said:
"It's fantastic to see the young people of Malpas creating social action and helping to improve their local community.
Our Change Squad programme enables thousands of young people to create social action while providing them with the tools, resources and opportunities to learn from these activities and share best practice amongst their peers.

We hope that Minerva Arts participation will inspire many more young people to get involved with social action."

The Community Quiz Night will be on Saturday 24th June, with lots of prizes to be won, 7pm at the Jubliee Hall.

It is £3 entry which can be paid on the door, with a max of 8 in a team.

To reserve a table at the quiz please email

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