Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens joined young people in making music from rubbish at Knowle West Media Centre on Thursday August 15.
The young people were taking part in a three-day workshop with Bristol-based artist Henry Liam Collins.
On Wednesday, August 14, the young people collected rubbish from the streets and lanes around the centre before they turned an abandoned vacuum cleaner into a guitar and drink cans into a wind chime as well as shakers and a giant rainmaker from a drain pipe.
Officers from the neighbourhood team have been supporting the ‘Rubbish Remixed’ workshop to strengthen their ties with younger members of the community.
Liwanu aged 11, said: “It’s good because you can take things apart and I like building things. I liked making the shaker. When it was plugged in it was really loud.”
Ben, aged 12, said: “This is the most amazing thing I have ever done. I’ve got cans at home so I could try and make a wind chime.”
Serina, aged 10, said: “It’s really clever making guitar strings from rubber bands. I made a tube that mimics the wind by putting rocks in a drainpipe as well. I’m going to give my mum a headache now making noises from things I find at home!”
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “This is an amazing set up, letting the imaginations of our young people run riot with rubbish that they collected locally. It gives them a real sense of achievement and just goes to show what they can do to make a difference.”
Posted on Friday 16th August 2013