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Northants Teens Renovate Local Playground for Community Project

 

  • Group of 12 Northants teenagers have refreshed a local playground
  • Northants teens volunteer 47,000 hours for local community as part of National Citizen Service (NCS)
  • Applications for autumn NCS programme now open

 

A DOZEN dedicated Northamptonshire teenagers have brought a new lease of life to the Rectory Farm Community Centre playground in Northampton as part of their social action project for National Citizen Service (NCS), this summer.

The group wanted their social action project to make a difference in the local community and focused on updating the Rectory Farm Community Centre playground. The teens secured free materials for the renovation and also placed a plaque in the playground to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease – a cause close to their hearts for which the team raised more than £200 through bucket collections.

Hannah Porter, 16 from Northampton was part of the group which worked on the Rectory Farm Community Centre playground project, said: “The biggest thing my whole team can take away from the NCS experience is how we have all acquired a new set of skills and mindset with which to use them.Teen Northants project

“As a result, our NCS experience can be described as nothing but completely exhilarating and meaningful, not just for the team, but for the impact we have made on the people in Northampton in the name of the Alzheimer’s Society.

“Despite the arduous efforts to sand, prime and paint in the sweltering heat, the smiles of the children who live around the playground made it all worthwhile for the team and we all feel truly proud.”

NCS, a unique programme open to all 16 and 17-year-olds, consists of three phases; the first phase involves outdoor team-building exercises and the second phase is a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’. The third phase is spent putting all these new skills into practice when the teens plan and carry out a social action project where they spend at least of 30 hours on their chosen community project.

The 12 teenagers are amongst more than 1,500 Northamptonshire young people who dedicated a staggering 47,000 hours to create a positive change in their communities through social action by raising awareness for local charities, renovating community spaces and working for good causes. Northants group teens

To date almost 500,000 young people have taken part in NCS with more than ten million hours of social action completed. The social action projects are at the heart of the NCS programme and in 2016 it was calculated that for every £1 spent, the summer programme delivered between £1.15 – £2.42 of benefits back to society.

Phil Everett, from The EBP, the regional NCS provider, said: “We are incredibly proud of all the hard work our groups have put in across the summer programme and without a doubt they have made a huge impact across the county.

“The team were very determined and carried themselves in a very professional manner regarding the renovation of the Rectory Farm Community Centre playground. Everyone was really keen to make a noticeable difference to their local community and they have definitely done that.

“Although all of the summer start dates have now begun, NCS will be taking place in the autumn, so if you feel like you missed out this time then please get in touch.”

For further information and to sign up to the autumn NCS programme visit www.ncsyes.co.uk or call 01522 574101.

Top Tips on how you can Help Combat Puppy Smuggling

Puppies, they steal our hearts and provide us with unconditional love. Too often these loveable animals are transported from across the globe to be sold illegally in the UK.

 

From October, breeders will be required to register their business with East Northamptonshire Council. This change in legislation will provide officers with more powers to crack down on puppy smuggling and protect puppies from being illegally sold in our district.

 

Dogs Trust launched the Puppy Pilot in December 2015, which took the landmark step of caring the puppies that were seized at the borders after being illegally imported by corrupt breeder and dealers.. So far, they have rescued over 800 puppies seized at UK borders, but there are still tens of thousands of puppies being illegally imported into the country each year.

 

National Dog Day is taking place on Sunday 26 August, which provides dog owners with the ideal opportunity to celebrate our furry companions. Dogs Trust provides people with the following top tips when buying a new puppy:

 

Do…

  1. Ask to see Mum and pup together
  2. Visit your new pup more than once
  3. Get all your pup’s paperwork before going home including vaccinations and ensuring your puppy is microchipped
  4. Walk away if you are at all unsure
  5. Report suspicious sellers or breeders
  6. Take your puppy to your own vet for a health check asap

 

Don’t…

  1. Meet anywhere that isn’t the pup’s home
  2. Buy a pup from anyone who can supply various breeds on demand
  3. Buy a pup that looks too young/small or underweight
  4. Feel pressure to buy a puppy
  5. Buy a pup that you suspect has been illegally imported

 

 

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “At East Northamptonshire Council, we are committed to providing people with the necessary information on how to make sure they are buying puppies from a responsible breeder. I would encourage anyone who suspects that puppies are being illegally sold to report the breeder to Trading Standards immediately, and walk away. By following guidance from Dogs Trust, you can ensure that your new puppy has had a healthy and happy start in life.”

 

Paula Boyden, Veterinary Director at Dogs Trust, said: “The illegal importation of puppies remains as serious an issue for animal welfare and public health in 2017 as it did in 2014, when our first investigation highlighted the devastating effects of the 2012 changes to the Pet Travel Scheme, which effectively invited corrupt dealers to traffic underage puppies into Great Britain without the required treatments.

 

“The number of prosecutions is far too low and the lack of visual checks at ferry ports and borders is unacceptable. We want to see stronger deterrents including prison sentences for those caught trafficking puppies. The government must revise pet travel legislation when the UK leaves the EU and ensure that puppies entering this country are healthy, not underage and are not being brought in to sell on to unsuspecting buyers via a scheme meant for non-commercial use.”

Wellingborough Footfall Out-Performs the Rest of UK

Official figures have revealed High Street shopping in Wellingborough over the past 12 months has out-performed other town centres across the rest of the UK.

 

Footfall numbers showed visitors to the town centre dropped by 3.4 per cent year-on-year, compared to a national drop of 5.3 per cent in other Market Towns.

 

Latest figures show that in the week from August 20 to August 26, 80,110 people visited the town centre. The busiest day of the week was Friday, with 14,223 people choosing to visit the town.

 

Initiatives launched by the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), such as the LoyalFree app, The Medieval Festival and WelliFest are helping to keep the town at the forefront of people’s minds.

 

John Cable, Executive Director of the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), said: “It’s encouraging to see that despite a slight drop in annual footfall figures, Wellingborough has bucked the national trend.

 

“With on-line shopping a real threat to High Streets up and down the country, here we have tried to appeal to the tech-savvy generation by launching the Loyal Free App, which lets shoppers know about up-to-the-minute discounts from a range of retailers, cafes, pubs and attractions, encouraging them back into our stores.”

 

So far more than 200 people have snapped up money saving offers at Wellingborough stores since the launch of the cut price app in May. Latest figures revealed 1760 profiles have been recorded for the times people have clicked on one of the 52 businesses registered, to find out more.

 

WelliFest, a festival to celebrate all things good about the town, is hoping to pull in the crowds, with an action-packed programme of events set to take place in the town centre over the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd.

 

John Cable added: “We are committed to coming up with new ideas and initiatives to encourage people back into the town centre and to take advantage of the wonderful range of independent and High Street retailers we have on offer.

 

“Our next event is WelliFest,  I encourage everyone to pop-along to this free event taking place in a couple of weeks time.”