Young volunteers praised for helping homeless
A GROUP of young people who completed the National Citizenship Programme have won praise for helping to feed the homeless.
Plans for the scheme were originally launched by David Cameron and Amir Khan in Bolton in 2007 and were rolled out nationally after the current coalition Government came to power.
It is open to 16 and 17-year-olds and aims to build life skills through projects which are socially responsible.
A group from Bradshaw and Harwood recently completed the four-week initiative, which included a week-long residential and outward bound course in Scotland, a week at the University of Bolton, a week planning a project and the last week putting it into action.
Their initiative involved fundraising and putting together food parcels which they delivered to a homelessness charity.
Bradshaw Councillor Mudasir Dean, said: “It’s a very positive programme and a great opportunity for young people to be involved.
“I have always believed this scheme would be good but to see it in action in my ward has been incredible.
“The group assigned to Bradshaw and Harwood have been tremendous.
“I would like to congratulate the group on their effort, organising and fundraising they have done in the last few weeks.
“I am sure it’s been a steep learning curve for them but they have all pulled together.”
Fellow Bradshaw coun-cillor Cllr Stuart Haslam, said: “I would like to say how impressed I have been with what the young people have told me about the diverse and in some cases challenging tasks they have been involved with; and especially the way they have responded to those challenges. Without excep-tion all of them told me that they have benefited from the course.
“It has given them the opportunity of working, living and playing together as a small community and, I think, has equipped the young people well with the transition between the world of school and work.”
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