At long last here’s our pictorial record of this year’s summer Dreamscheme project which involved Belper School students from years 7, 8 and 9 restoring areas of allotment garden to the rear of the Strutts Centre and giving a fresh look to a room at the centre used by the Dandelion Clock Day Nursery.
During the summer break, 20 young people took part in the 4th Hope for Belper Dreamscheme. Dreamscheme is an international youth project that gives an opportunity for young people to show what they’re made of.
Each year a community based project is identified as a vehicle for 11 to 14 year olds to learn new skills, build their self confidence and esteem and at the same time contribute to the community in which they live.
This year Belper School students from years 7, 8 and 9, restored areas of allotment garden to the rear of the Strutts Centre and also freshened up the room used by the Dandelion Clock Day Nursery. Everything from painting walls to erecting fence panels was enthusiastically taken on by a very determined group of young people, keen to turn around the sometimes negative image of young people in the media.
As in previous years, the week concluded with a community BBQ in celebration of the work carried out. This event was planned and run by the young people themselves and was attended by parents, local residents and others.
We would like to thank the Strutts Trustees for allowing us to host the scheme at the Centre and our thanks also go to all those who contributed their money and time to the week; a particular thank you should go to the Baptist Church who gave a very sizeable donation to enable this year’s scheme to go ahead.
Finally, the team would like to say a great big thank you to the young Dreamschemers themselves – you should be very proud of what you achieved over the week and we hope and pray that you continue to value your community and find your place in it.
Hope for Belper’s summer Dreamscheme saw 20 young people help transform a garden at the Ada Belfield old people’s home on Field Lane and bring about much-needed improvements at nearby Green Lane Playgroup.
The scheme how now ended for another year, but thankfully Tim Gossling of Derby ChurchNet was there to capture the whole thing on video for us. Here’s how we got on.
The 2010 Dreamscheme got under way today focusing on Green Lane Playgroup and Ada Belfield House in nearby Field Lane.
It’s already been making headlines in the Belper News which carried this article in its most recent edition.
Tots and elderly folk will benefit from a summer holiday scheme aimed at helping kids to get involved with their community.
Twenty youngsters aged between 11 and 14 will spend a week working to improve facilities at Green Lane Playgroup and Ada Bellfied House in Belper as part of the Dreamscheme.
The initiative, which is being run by Hope for Belper, will also see the young people chatting to elderly people at the Field Lane home to learn about the history of the town.
The Dreamscheme is now in its third year. Last year a group of children cleared and redesigned the garden at the Sure Start Children’s Centre, on Alder Road, as part of the project.
Helen Greenwood, one of the organisers, said: “It’s fantastic working with the young people. Every year they’ve exceeded our expectations.
The projects have become a little bit more complex as we have realised just how much they can do.”
This year the group, which is from the Belper area, will be working on the garden areas at the two venues. They will also hold a tea party for the residents of Ada Bellfield and the families who use the playgroup.
At the end of the week, as a reward for their hard work, the group will go on a trip to a venue of their choosing. They have gone to Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire for the past two years.
But it is not only the reward which the children get out of the week-long exercise, which is running from Monday, August 16 until Friday, August 20. Helen said: “I think they get a lot out of it.
They learn new skills, they work together, and they leave a lasting impression on the community.”
This year’s project is unique in its efforts to combine local history with the physical aspects of the week.
Volunteers from the Strutt’s Mill will be joining the young workers at the beginning of the week to help them talk to the elderly residents of Ada Bellfied House. It is hoped they will produce a booklet or something similar at the end of the week.
Helen said: “Hopefully it will bring out some memories from some of the older people and the young people will learn something about Belper and get something really positive from it.”
Hope for Belper is a group which links churches in the area for the benefit of the community.