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Help is at hand for Good Deeds Day

GOOD DEEDS DAY ... Liz Stephenson with Olivia Hogg, 10, and other members of the Ocean Road CA youth project.

GOOD DEEDS DAY ... Liz Stephenson with Olivia Hogg, 10, and other members of the Ocean Road CA youth project.

YOUNG people at a South Tyneside community centre have been doing good turns as part of an international event.

Members of the Ocean Road Community Association youth project in South Shields set about carrying out tasks to help others to mark Good Deeds Day yesterday.

The idea to celebrate the day was co-ordinated by Josh Stevenson, a Sunderland University student doing a work placement at the centre.

Centre manager Liz Stephenson said: “Ahead of Good Deeds Day, the young people discussed what they could do to help others.

“Some came up with the idea of cleaning their grandparents’ house’, giving some of their unused clothes to charity or helping their elderly neighbours with their bins.

“It sparked quite a big discussion on what people can do to help those less fortunate than themselves.

“The feedback we have had from them carrying out their good deeds has been fantastic, saying it made them feel good about themselves.

“Good Deeds Day is a great way of helping people to see what they can do, no matter how small, which can make a positive impact on someone else’s life.”

Good Deeds Day was launched in 2007 by Israeli philanthropist Shari Arison and has gone on to become an annual event marked by more than 200,000 people across the world.

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