Youth scheme flourishing

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A SCHEME designed to get young people involved in community projects in Lowton is continuing to flourish.

Lowton Community Cadets is run by community outreach centre Compassion in Action in partnership with the Lowton East Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT).

The group was formed in March this year following a number of successful school holiday projects conducted over the last two years that have benefited the community.

The group meets every Friday evening between 6.30pm and 8.30 pm at the community centre on Oaklands Road in Lowton. During the sessions, cadets do community work and are taught about things ranging from personal safety and crime prevention to sign language and braille reading.

They also regularly help the police by delivering crime prevention advice leaflets in crime hotspot areas, and have recently been on educational visits to Wigan Fire Station and the council chambers at Wigan Town Hall.

PC Chris Clarke of the Lowton East NPT said: “The aim of the cadet group is to engage with young people and give them something positive to do with their time which benefits the whole community. It also gives them the opportunity to learn new skills and a sense of pride in their neighbourhood.”

The cadets recently completed their school summer holiday project where they spent two days weeding and replanting the community gardens by the Oaklands Road shops.

They also spent a day at Pennington Flash country park and helped the rangers by removing vegetation to assist nesting wildfowl. On the final day of the project they took part in activities such as kayaking run by Wigan Council.

Pam Gilligan, Chief Executive of Compassion in Action and councilor for Lowton East, added: “Our community should be very proud of the work the cadets are doing. They are a credit to the Lowton East neighbourhood, and I would like to thank Moss Bank Nurseries of Leigh and Peter Alker and his team of rangers at Pennington Flash for their support with this project.”