Metro are working in partnership with North Tyneside Council’s Area Team Leader in Universal Youth and Connexion Service to engage with local community groups and develop projects.
Universal Youth provides advice, information and the development of support services in some of the most disadvantaged communities in North Tyneside. Youth sessions provide fun and challenging projects and activities designed to offer young people new experiences, develop their skills and support their personal and social development.
The ethos of this project is to provide young people with an opportunity for community development in the adoption of Monkseaton Metro station. This includes:
- Promoting creative talent – researching and identifying a theme in keeping with the existing station artwork and displaying it at the station.
- Promoting green fingers – identifying horticultural projects for planters and landscaping activities on platforms.
- Perform regular inspections – including areas of damage, anti-social behaviour, problems with ticket machines, train reliability, health and safety concerns.
- Supervised youth work tackling anti-social behaviour as well as identifying the perception of young people by other Metro passengers.
- Introduce a “Young Inspectors Group” to understand the operations of the Metro Service from the point of view of young users.
Metro is working with the group to listen to their views on future developments of Metro. They are also given ‘behind the scenes’ visits to the Control Centre and Metro Depot providing.