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Paint brushes at the ready in Whitnash

Young people in Whitnash will be donning their overalls during half term to add a splash of colour to their POD.

The 8 to 13-year-olds have come up with designs and will join local artist Rich Inwood on Friday 30 October to paint those on to the side of the building on Acre Close between 10am and 4pm.

Young people can spend as much or as little time as they wish lending a hand on the project, which has received funding from Warwickshire Crimebeat.

The PODS, or Positive Operational Drop-in Strategy, are run by Warwickshire County Council’s Positive about Young People programme (PaYP), and offers young people somewhere to go, something to do and someone to listen.

Held across the county, the free two-hour POD sessions – held between one or two evenings a week – include arts and crafts, sport, music and dance as well as a safe place to chat or play video games.

Lucy Creed, Youth Inclusion Officer for Warwickshire County Council’s Positive about Young People programme, said: “Young people are really proud of the facilities they have at Whitnash and have been very keen to help with the artwork.

“The POD provides a safe and relaxed environment that helps beat boredom, express thoughts and have fun – as well as giving young people the chance to do something positive in the community, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank Crimebeat for helping make this project possible.”

For further information regarding Positive about Young People or to find out where the closest POD is to you, visit http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/payp or contact Mark Bolton on 02476 754174.