Young people set an example by tidying up

A GROUP of disabled teenagers has helped to clean up the county.

The young people, who were joined by Northumberland representatives from the UK Youth Parliament, picked up bits of rubbish at points along the Wansbeck Riverside Park.

The litter pick was organised by Respect Equals Change, the Disabled Young People’s Council (REC), and it was followed by a lunch to give the participants an opportunity to learn about what each organisation does.

The REC, made up of 13 to 19-year-olds, is working on projects to develop the needs of disabled young people across Northumberland. It also aims to contribute to other groups to ensure that they make their voices heard.

County Executive Member for Children and Young People Lesley Rickerby said: “Young people in Northumberland contribute a lot to our county and disabled young people are no different.

“This event shows that everyone can have a positive impact on their community, and we are committed to supporting more activities like these.”

For more information about the group, telephone 0845 600 6400.