TEENS in Whitby are raising their own money to fund a programme of summer holiday activities.
Cop A Lot, a scheme run by North Yorkshire Police and 4 Youth, will be working with 12 youngsters from the Whitby area during the summer holidays to try to broaden their horizons and increase the opportunities available to them.
In the past, the scheme has received funding from a number of various organisations but due to the Government cuts is this year having to find its own cash.
So the young people who take part in Cop A Lot, who are referred by the police, schools and youth workers because of poor attendance, behaviour problems or because they are vulnerable, have organised a series of events to take place in Whitby next week.
On Wednesday there is a cake stall and jumble sale from 11am opposite the Tourist Information Centre, on Thursday there is a sponsored walk from Runswick Bay to Whitby and on Friday they are car washing at the leisure centre from 10am until noon.
It costs £500 a week to put on summer holiday activities such as mountain biking, canoeing and motor bugging.
The teens on the course also carry out bag packing sessions, visit old people’s homes and have education sessions on alcohol, drugs and sex education.
So far they have raised £200 with £150 coming from a Crime Beat competition they entered where they did a presentation on what they do through Cop A Lot and £50 from a car boot sale.
Arriva has also agreed to provide free bus travel to get the young people to Runswick Bay where they will start their sponsored walk on Thursday.