YOUNG people determined to clean up their community are ensuring dog walkers have no excuses not to pick up after their pets.

Children from five primary schools in the Ferryhill and Chilton area, mentored by pupils from Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College, are part of the Ambassadors for Community Change initiative.

Not-for-profit organisation Approach Too supports the scheme which helps youngsters develop the skills, knowledge and motivation for participation.

One of the first issues they were keen to tackle was the environment they live and play in, and trying to rid their neighbourhoods of dog dirt.

Ambassadors from Broom Cottages, Cleves Cross, Dean Bank and Ferryhill Station put up temporary dog poo bag dispensers in the summer and monitored whether they made their community safer and cleaner. They recorded the evidence and presented their findings to housing organisation Livin which donated £499 from its community regeneration fund to install new dispensers near schools, which the ambassadors look after and fill up.

Glenys Newby, of Approach Too, said: “The children are asking people in the community to please help them to take care of the dispensers. They would like dog walkers to still use their own bags so the dispenser bags are always there in case someone runs out or forgets their bags. It’s been a real team effort with the schools working together with Livin and Ferryhill Town Council all helping out. A big thank you to everyone”