TEENS IN THE BOX SEAT AT PARK
YOUNGSTERS at Mt Druitt Learning Ground have designed and created some innovative furniture in a bid to keep them busy and spruce up Bidwill Reserve.
Project manager Debbie HiggisonBradley said the 10-week workshop was part of the Youth Activities Program.
“The kids are reaching out for something to do, especially kids between the ages of 10 and 17,” Ms HiggisonBradley said.
“They’re just hanging around but they wanted to actually do something.”
Architect Kate Ferguson has overseen the furniture design and guided a team of 17 enthusiastic teenagers in material choice as well as providing general design guidance.
Ms Higgison-Bradley said Learning Ground had held a variety of programs during the year.
“In this program they are learning to create and design furniture into a ‘chill space’ where children can hang around – near the new basketball court that has been built in the reserve,” she said.
“They had to decide where they wanted it and what it was to be made out of. It's teaching them to also take ownership of their project and of the reserve.”
Other programs this year have included animation, storytelling and photography.
Ekko Egenton-Wallace, 10, Corey Hargreaves, 11, and Caleb Pollock, 14, at Bidwill Square, with some of the innovative furniture they are making at Learning Ground to spruce up Bidw Bidwill Reserve.