Caring South Shields students give fresh hope to the homeless

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Big-hearted South Tyneside students gave fresh hope to the homeless – after launching a class action to help young people facing a life on the streets.

Community-spirited youngsters at Mortimer Community College, in Reading Road, South Shields, took a break from lesson time to educate the wider community on the issue of youth homelessness through a thought-provoking poster campaign.

I am very proud of the students who have completed this project in partnership with Inspire Me and Depaul.

Claire Mullane, headteacher

They teamed up with youth homelessness charity, Depaul, and Inspire Me, a social enterprise organisation based in the borough, to create posters which were distributed both in and out of the classroom.

The campaign urged fellow students and members of the public to drop off food donations for the Depaul charity, which has a base in South Shields, at the school, with two boxes full of items collected.

Staff from Depaul also came in to talk to the young people about the facts around youth homelessness.

Claire Mullane, Mortimer Community College headteacher, said: “As a community college, it is important that our school supports all of our communities, and I am very proud of the students who have completed this project in partnership with Inspire Me and Depaul.

“The students have shown a real can-do attitude”

Jason Kaid, chairman of Inspire Me, which supports young people at risk of exclusion from school, said: “The students at Mortimer Community College have shown real commitment and determination to complete this important project.”

Erin Parker, senior project worker from Depaul said: “We really enjoyed working with pupils of Mortimer Community College and Inspire Me.

“It was a great opportunity for Depaul to create awareness of the homelessness issues young people face within South Tyneside.

“We also really appreciate the hard work and effort put in by the young people regarding their project, which saw them collect two generous boxes of non-perishable food items and create an amazing poster to raise awareness.”