WEM Youth Club has been one of many organisations using Wem Carnival to show what they're capable of.

At the carnival held earlier this month, 10 children and six volunteers from the youth club took part in the parade dressed as aliens in costumes made from recycled materials.

Using recycled materials in such a way is a big part of the youth club's learning, and members have been exploring the environmental impacts on their surroundings.

"The young people designed and made all their own costumes at the club over the summer holidays from recycled plastic packaging, old inner tubes and bubble wrap," said club youth worker Becca Lewis.

"This coming term we will be separating all our waste, recycling, upcycling and composting."

The group was awarded second place following the parade, coming close to matching the first place title they received last year.

Last term the club juniors and seniors explored healthy eating on a budget, using Shrewsbury Food Hub donations, growing vegetables and helping on the Wem Incredible Edibles allotment.

But now with youth club back to their normal schedule, they have launched a new investigation into the environmental impact of the club in Leek Street, giving the children and young adults that attend a better perspective on how and why we should strive to better look after our own surroundings.

This term they also plan to explore tie-dye using plants and the idea of a 'clothes swap' – reducing the impact of new clothing.

Wem juniors meet Tuesdays from 5.30pm to 7pm and seniors on Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm.