Youngsters ‘do themselves proud’ with foodbank donations

Children from the National Citizen Service project with some of the items donated to Hospitality and Hope.
Children from the National Citizen Service project with some of the items donated to Hospitality and Hope.

A group of children from South Tyneside “did themselves proud” as they helped people less fortunate than them as part of a voluntary programme.

Sixteen pupils between the ages of 15 and 17 from the borough have been involved with the National Citizen Service (NCS) over the last four weeks.

The children all did themselves proud, 150%

Leah Curtis

As part of the project, they have been trying to gain transferable skills to carry them into their future careers, and in the last two weeks, they carried out a social action project.

It culminated on Thursday with an event at Hedworth Hall, on Dean Road, South Shields.

There was live music, stalls for face painting and cake sales, a tombola and numerous games, with a donations stall also active as food was donated to Hospitality and Hope, the South Tyneside soup kitchen.

About £500 was raised, along with significant food donations, while some of the money came from a sponsored nine-mile walk from Chichester to Roker Park, in Sunderland.

The NCS team was called ‘Team Trev’, and was led by Leah Curtis and Chris Lowery.

Leah said: “The event at Hedworth Hall went really, really well, and about 100 people came to it. We were really pleased with how it went.

“In their final two weeks, the children had to plan and deliver a social action project, and they decided to use it to help Hospitality and Hope as they did some volunteering there in their second week.

“They were all aged between 15 and 17, and they were amazing. Myself and Chris are really proud of them.

“The course was all about encouraging them to challenge themselves, while getting confidence and getting transferable skills which they can take into employment. They all did themselves proud, 150%.”

The four-week project was organised by Newcastle-based charity Headliners, and the children started with a team building week, before moving on to learn about social action, volunteer and then deliver their project.