Young people from a Workington estate took part in a research project to strengthen their community.

A team of youngsters supported by South Workington Youth Partnership, a disability and community charity, surveyed residents in Moorclose to find out more about the needs of the community.

The research project, Stronger Together, led by the University of Central Lancashire, is in collaboration with the Allerdale Community Safety Partnership, which includes Cumbria County Council, Allerdale Borough Council, Workington Town Council, Cumbria Constabulary and other community partners.

When the research is completed, the results will be analysed and an event will be held where the community researchers will tell the public about the results of their survey.

Residents will then be invited to share their ideas about how they can work with local organisations to meet the needs of the community, and be involved in projects that seek to do this.

Angela Good, manager at South Workington Youth Partnership based at Moorclose Community Centre, said: “I think the young people did absolutely amazingly on a cold winter’s morning.

“I will be interested to see what the results shows us and how they will help the community.”

The young people took part in research skills training, provided by UCLan, before heading out into the community.

In pairs, they conducted doorstep surveys asking residents for their views about their community, their social networks, and their health and wellbeing.

Lacie Rayson, one of the youngsters who carried out the surveys, said: “I was scared at first but I gradually got more confidence.”

And Katherine Caine said: “People want the same things for their community.”

Millie Denver said: “Some people want to help the community.”