The Skate Park User Group (SPUG) was started by a group of 8 young people in the local area with the aim of improving the facilities and general environment of the skate park. During the months we have been meeting, we have lost 3 members of the group and gained one new member but maintain the aim of working together to improve the facility. PC Nick Coning has been an asset to the group since day one and was the fuel for initial start-up of the group. The Ryedale Youth Support Service staff at Brooklyn youth centre, Norton have also worked with us 100% of the way despite the somewhat chaotic tendencies of the group at times.
Supported by PC Nick Coning and The Youth Support Service we organised and took part in a skate 24 event to raise funds for the skate park improvements. The event was a non-stop 24 hour skateboard, BMX and scooter challenge to remain active for 24 hours straight.
We have also been working together through a grant application process called Keyfund. In this process we have assessed ourselves on 12 key skills which we aimed to develop during the process. We worked together to decide what we would like to do, what would help us develop the skills and presented our idea to a panel who kindly gave us the money to visit The Works, Leeds. On this trip we got to know each other better, saw a different skate park layout, practiced our skating skills and developed some of the 12 skills keyfund identify such as communication skills. We are now moving onto stage 2 of the keyfund process and are looking towards bidding for funding towards the skate park improvements. We aim to help the community by promoting skating as a positive activity to other young people and improving the skate park facility for everyone.