The young people of Toome have created their very own calendar as part of the BEAT (Be Educated, Be Active, Be Together) programme.
Over the last three months the programme, sponsored by Antrim Community Safety Partnership, has seen the young people take part in educational, developmental and fun activities. These have included topics such as healthy relationships, cultural awareness, Prison Me No Way and arts. As part of the arts sessions, the young people created images of Toome that were important to them and along with captions which they also wrote, it was all put together in a calendar.
Una Johnston, local community activist says, “The young people wanted to use the calendar as an opportunity for them to contribute something positive to Toome and to show people that they could be an asset to the area. They have been selling the calendars locally and have decided that they want to use some of the money raised to put together Christmas food hampers for the senior citizens in the area. The rest of the money will be put towards games for their meeting room in Toome.”
Pam Surphlis MBE, Chair of Antrim Community Safety Partnership says, “This is exactly the type of youth initiative that we want to support. It demonstrates that with some support and a little investment, they can produce positive outcomes for their areas. I want to commend the young people for their continued participation and commitment.”