Teens take the challenge to help their neighbours in Westminster

Around 50 young people from Westminster and neighbouring boroughs leaped into action on 29 September to spruce up two estates in the heart of Westminster. The youngsters, aged up to 17 years old, tidied resident’s gardens and communal areas in Lisson Green and Church Street estates. Both of the estates are managed by CityWest Homes, an award winning property services provider based in London.

The leap into action event, a day where volunteers spend the day cleaning or tidying an estate, was the result of a successful partnership between CityWest Homes and The Challenge Network (TCN), a leading provider of National Citizen Service (NCS). It is one of several activities which are a part of TCN’s Big Challenge social action project, which provides a set of challenges to help youngsters get involved in their community.

Kate Donovan, operations manager, CityWest Homes said: “It was fantastic to see so many young people give up their spare time to make a difference on our estates. Everyone worked really hard and residents were thrilled with the results.

“Thank you to all the young people and TCN for such a great project. CityWest Homes continues to find new projects and partnerships where we can get everyone involved in their community.”

The youngsters’ hard work was appreciated by local residents, who praised them for tireless enthusiasm throughout the day. Local resident Mrs Alqinai, Lisson Green, said: "Clearing all the weeds and overgrown bushes has made an amazing difference, thank you so much for arranging this. I can't believe how much better it looks as a result of their efforts."

Aimee Ling, senior assistant programme manager, TCN, helped to organise the event. She said: “The event was a great success. It was fantastic to see the transformation of the sites following all the efforts of the team. It's been a pleasure to work with these young people. They've been committed and dedicated throughout their Big Challenge. The difference they've made to these areas is just one example of the positive impact these young people have made this summer.”

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