Local school children visit Hebburn Heat Network

Local school children visit Hebburn Renewable Energy Scheme

Children from St Aloysius Primary School got the opportunity to visit the local Vital Energi project at Hebburn, and see their artwork which is now displayed on the site hoardings surrounding the site.

In 2022, Vital Energi’s Pre -Construction Engineer, Victoria Wallbank visited their school and delivered an engaging Climate Education session. As part of this, the class drew inspiring pictures to represent low carbon energy. A selection of these have now been displayed on the boards around the construction site, based in the heart of the town centre, where works are beginning on the steel framework of the Paul Younger Energy Centre.

The nine children had a tour of the site in March 2023 and walked round to Durham Court and Hebburn Central Library and Leisure Centre, two of the buildings that will be connected to benefit from the Hebburn Renewable Energy scheme being developed by South Tyneside Council. After learning more about the project and the works so far, they enjoyed playing two of our new Climate Education games, Top Trumps and Higher or Lower. Both games sparked excitement amongst the children, learning more about the different energy technologies available in a fun and interactive way.

Each child was also given a goody bag which included various Vital branded items, sweet treats and seeds to plant at home or at school. The children are looking forward to driving past the site on their daily commute to school and seeing the progress of the construction of the energy centre over the coming months.

It was a wonderful opportunity for the pupils from St. Aloysius to visit and explore the site with the Vital Energi team. The children were able to learn about the benefits the project will have for their own local area and community. They were overjoyed to see their artwork displayed to encourage others to recycle and care for the environment.

Georgia Lawrence, St. Aloysius teacher

Victoria Wallbank said “It was great to see the children again and show them progress on the project so far, and their artwork displayed around the site. This second visit allowed us to re-engage with the children to further educate them on the wide range of solutions to reduce our carbon emissions. I look forward to welcoming them back to the site at the end of the year to see the energy centre in action.”