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ORGANISERS of a new ‘alternative education’ project opening this month are urging people to come forward with community work that its youngsters can get involved with.

SPACE is a new facility set up by north Ashfield’s four secondary schools - Kirkby College, Sutton Centre, Ashfield and Quarrydale - which aims to re-engage teenagers with the education system, the local community and the natural environment.

Based in Kirkby, the centre will offer short-term alternative education in areas such as motor vehicle maintenance, construction and classroom skills.

And after receiving much-needed support from local businesses to help the centre get up and running, organisers have decided to start a community project course for students.

Working towards a qualification in community engagement, the youngsters will consult with an organisation in need of help, plan how the work can be carried out and then do that work.

James Allbright, from SPACE, said they now need people to come forward with projects that the youngsters can take on.

“We will be able to support organisations based within Ashfield who are in need of support - those both with and without a budget,” he said.

“Examples of the kind of work we could complete would be the creation of a community garden, decorating or refurbishing a room, the creation of a piece of community art and organising and delivering fundraising events.”

l Anyone with a project idea should email communityspace@hotmail.co.uk or contact Mansfield 758728.