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Graffiti project brightens up area

By Herald Express  |  Posted: September 01, 2012

PICTURED ABOVE: Young people don overalls to create graffiti boards to transform an area in Plainmoor

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YOUNG people from across the Bay have donned their overalls and spray paints to transform a local area for the community to enjoy.

The youngsters created two graffiti boards, of their own design, to brighten up an area outside Swim Torquay Ltd, Plainmoor, as part of the national Community Space Challenge.

The programme aims to support young people, aged between eight and 17 years old to take on run down and forgotten spaces.

By involving young people, the project hopes to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime, offer new educational, volunteering and employment opportunities and increase skills and confidence.

Bob Cole from Graffiti Workshop and officers from Torbay Council's Targeted Youth Support and Young Carers teams supported the group.

They have been involved in Community Space Challenge since 2007.

Member for children, schools and families, Cllr Chris Lewis, said: "This is a great initiative which encourages young people to understand and have a greater role in their community.

"All those involved had a great time learning about the history of graffiti and using it in a positive way to improve their local area."

The Community Space Challenge programme will come to an end in September.

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