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  • Thornhill & Lisvane Station Project - Project shows young peoples' faith in railway station

    Youngsters aged 14 to 17, who attend St Denys Church in Lisvane, volunteered their spare time to spend six evenings with staff painting at Lisvane and Thornhill station. 

    Five young people from a Cardiff church have helped transform the appearance of their local station by taking part in a community enhancement project supported by Arriva Trains Wales.

    The youngsters aged 14 to 17, who attend St Denys Church in Lisvane, volunteered their spare time to spend six evenings with staff painting at Lisvane and Thornhill station.

    In 2005, the station was adopted by Lisvane Community Council and the nearby Cottage Public House as part of Arriva’s ‘Adopt a Station’ campaign.

    Youth Worker Struan McRoberts, said: “Our young people are doing projects this year that allow them to be a resource to the local community. They have very much enjoyed being part of the project. As well as the inherent satisfaction of making the place look tidier, they also enjoyed dressing up in CSI-style suits!”

    He continued: “Young people have every right to take pride in their community. Part of doing that is to pitch in and help with the jobs that need doing. In a society where young people often take criticism, it is also of great motivation to them to be involved in such a positive action - and to be recognised for the good work they have been involved in.”

    The project at the station forms part of a new initiative, led by the church, which focuses on community action. During the summer holidays, some of the youngsters will also be travelling to the North of Scotland to help run some Children’s Holiday Clubs.

    Geraint Morgan, community affairs manager for Arriva Trains Wales, said: “These initiatives are about giving young people an opportunity to take part in activities that allow them to make a difference and contribute in a positive way within their neighbourhood. The standard of work was excellent and the skills learned while working as part of a team will stand them in good stead for the future.”

    In recognition of their contribution, project participants have been given an opportunity to claim a complimentary ticket anywhere on the Arriva Trains Wales network.