Friday 24th July 2015

14 young people celebrated their hard work on renovating the Plumstead Adventure Playground on 23 July as part of their volunteering project for the Duke of Edinburgh award. 

The Duke of Edinburgh programme is for young people aged 14-24 that live, study and attend the Youth Services in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The national programme led in the borough by the Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) features a wide range of activities leading to an award that’s recognised by universities and employers alike.  

The teens spent more than 26 hours working at the Plumstead Adventure Playground, managed by GLL, attracting 1,300 visitors per week and is open after school and on weekends. The kids conducted risk assessments, carried out consultations with young people at the playground and decorated the playground itself. 

Cllr Olu Babatola, Deputy Mayor of Greenwich attended the celebration and was impressed with what he saw. 

“The young people have worked really hard and to get to this stage is brilliant,” he said. 

"Our children are getting to the point now where they don’t ask what their community will do for them but what are they going to do to support their community. I think it’s very inspirational and is leading by example so that the younger ones will follow them by seeing their contributions to their community.”

Remi Torrens, one of the young people completing their Duke of Edinburgh award said, “We all decided that it would be nice to redecorate the playground because a lot of children come here to have fun but due to the amount of graffiti it was quite intimidating. Now, the colours we’ve painted will definitely help to make the area more friendly.”

Mashood Azeez, another Duke of Edinburgh volunteer said “It makes you feel more involved with the community, making a difference to other people so you’re really getting in touch with your close friends but other people who don’t know. It’s opened my eyes to see the things that need improving in our community and hopefully our playground is the first of many renovations to the area.”

Along with other projects to complete, the 14 young people have an assessed expedition in August to complete their Duke of Edinburgh adventure.

For information on the Duke of Edinburgh programme visit the Homepage