Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Good News Day for Estates

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Good News Day for Estates

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Middlesbrough communities can read all about a group of youngsters' views on their areas.

A new newspaper put together by a 11 youngsters aged eight to 12 is hitting the streets.

The young people from Easterside, Beechwood, Saltersgill and Grove Hill work with the Directions Project.

They have been identified as being at risk of being excluded from school or becoming involved in crime.

The newspaper has given the youngsters the opportunity to write about issues affecting them in the areas where they live.

The group produced Say What I Say, Say What I Mean at the Evening Gazette's Community Classroom, and copies are being sent to 5,000 homes in the four estates.

Topics include their feelings when they hear cars skidding around, and things going through windows.

Kim Barstow, Directions family and children's project worker, said: "It came about through a series of workshops where they were looking at their own behaviour and how they could change their behaviour in order to become better. …

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