Youth team set to clean up town

Counc Eddie Smith  right pictured with The Green Team  from Cresswell Ground work Chris Ward ,Michael Tryner,Chris Lockyer and Shane Thomson  on a cleaning operation on Corporation st Mansfield today
Counc Eddie Smith right pictured with The Green Team from Cresswell Ground work Chris Ward ,Michael Tryner,Chris Lockyer and Shane Thomson on a cleaning operation on Corporation st Mansfield today

A NEW ‘Green Team’ made up of local young people has been created to help clean up Mansfield.

The team was set up to support Mansfield District Council’s Street Care staff and will help to improve the cleanliness of the district.

It consists of trainees Chris Ward, Michael Tryner, Shane Thomson, Chris Lockyer and Troy Radford and their supervisor, Shane Dennington.

The Green Team is an opportunity for the young people to receive training and gain experience from tidying the area.

Council chiefs provide the team with tools, transport and a contribution to the salary of the supervisor.

They work three days a week, Tuesday to Thursday, and for a total time amounting to 25 hours.

Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield and Mansfield manages the team and also gives them employability skills training.

Coun Eddie Smith, portfolio holder for environment at the council, said: ‘This is a great opportunity for young people to get back into work as well as making the district cleaner.

“The new team will not be replacing any council street care staff but will be supplementing the work that they do and getting the relevant work experience in the process.”

Groundwork worked with the council to set up the project through the Future Jobs Fund, a national programme which aims to get 18 to 24-year-olds who have been unemployed for six months or more back into work.