Youth group appeals for help with community project on Weston-super-Mare estate

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 April 2017

Our Way Our Say youth groups and volunteers at St Barnabas Church.

Our Way Our Say youth groups and volunteers at St Barnabas Church.


A community group which aims to keep more than 100 youngsters off the street and out of trouble needs help to rejuvenate its new headquarters.

Our Way Our Say (OWOS) works with youngsters living on Weston-super-Mare’s Bournville, Coronation and Oldmixon estates and offers a wide variety of fun, interactive activities.

The group – which delivers safe and supportive sessions to children of all ages – also works with elderly and retired people from the estates to offer them support and companionship.

The charity is appealing for people to come forward and lend a helping hand with its new project to clean up the St Barnabas Church garden and office, in Westbury Crescent on the Coronation, where it gathers.

Programme organiser Michelle Cleary has secured £400 funding for the garden work – half from Awards For All, a community project fund ran by the Big Lottery Fund, which was matched by the church – to create a green space for the charity users, both young and old.

She added: “The garden is unusable at the moment because it is constantly waterlogged. It is overgrown and in desperate need of some tender loving care.

“We want to create a gravelled area with some imitation grass and make it into a space where the kids can play.

“We also hope to build a lovely seated area with nice flowers and memorial plaques for the older people who use our service.”

Mrs Cleary set up OWOS in 2011 following Government cuts to the youth service budget.

She said: “It is somewhere for them to go – many families around here cannot afford to take their kids out so we offer a free, fun place for them to gather without being chased off for causing trouble or loitering.”

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