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Posted On: 23rd Jul 2013

Improving Their Community

The group painting bins in their area
Lead Fixer Phoebe
The group with their neighbourhood support officers

If there’s something strange in the neighbourhood, who are you going to call? Well if you live in Keynsham, a group of passionate campaigners hope it will be them.

 

The ‘Task Force’ team of Fixers from the Somerset community believe that young people in their area are negatively stereotyped as troublemakers, and are using a poster campaign to advertise the good things young people can bring to the area.

 

The Fixers hope to assemble a local movement of youth, who will be available to improve the town in any way they can, breaking the stereotypes they feel exist in the process.

 

Lead Fixer Phoebe Bidgood (16) believes the project will encourage greater community spirit.

 

‘A lot of Keynsham is really run down and neglected, and there’s a lot of negative feedback directed at young people about their role in the community,’ says Phoebe.

 

‘We want to show that everyone can work together and improve their own community, and this cooperation will help eliminate prejudices and stereotypes in our area.’

 

The team of Fixers will be using the poster campaign to highlight the range of jobs they are available to undertake to improve the area – from clearing rubbish to redecorating local features.

 

The group hope more young people can be recruited in the process.

 

‘We want this to be a big movement,’ Phoebe adds. ‘If everyone gets together, I am sure we can come up with a plan to make our town more enjoyable to live in.’

 

Their poster campaign is currently in production.

 

Author: Ashley Scrace

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