Saffron Walden: One Minet Skatepark youngsters lend a helping hand

DOZENS of young people from the One Minet skatepark in Saffron Walden have had a hand in creating a unique work of art.

A giant letter ‘S’ was delivered to the skatepark to be decorated as part of an awareness raising campaign around voluntary and community work.

The simple but striking black and red design was dreamed up by the skaters, led by 19-year-old Grace Mooney. Rather than find a few artistically-minded skatepark users to paint the letter, she decided instead to come up with a design that everyone could get involved in.

It meant that dozens of children and teenagers visiting the skatepark through the day could leave their handprint and name on the S – and a passing dog called Pip even popped his pawprint on it!

The MDF letter was one of 12 given to each district and borough council in Essex by the county council. The local authorities then found community groups who could decorate their letter. Together, they spell out ‘Good for Essex’ which is the name of a new website promoting volunteering and community-based opportunities in Essex, aimed at getting people involved.