Young people complete Divis clean-up project
Published: Mon, 27 Jun 2016
Young people from Divis in West Belfast completed a major cleanup of their area recently.
Organised by the Divis Youth Project, the cleanup was supported by us and took place before a community fun day which was held in the area on the same day.
Community Worker Gerard Fusco said:
“Often the young people in this area are the first to be blamed when things go wrong.
“But here we have an example of brilliant young people from Divis making a real, positive difference to the place they live and to the environment enjoyed by their families and the wider community.
“I commend them for their work and the Divis Youth Project and our partners in the Falls Residents Association want to place on record our sincere thanks to everyone who helped.”
The Falls area is a graffiti hot-spot and young volunteers set about removing unsightly paintwork as part of the project.
A general clean up also took place, with waste-grounds and back alleys targeted with litter picks and brush outs, greatly improving the area and removing unsightly rubbish.
At the fun day which followed, a DJ played outside the nearby Frank Gilllen Community Centre and bouncy castles and face painters provided great entertainment for local children.
A special trip is also planned to thank the young volunteers for their efforts.
Our representative Emma Galway said:
“Actions like these are vital in sustaining cohesive communities.
“Not only are the young people making a huge difference to the life of their areas, they are also engaging in active citizenship and we are proud to be able to support a positive initiative like this.”