Southwark teenagers have been supporting local charities, including the council’s mental health service for young people.
Some fifty young people, doing their national citizen service (NCS) with Groundwork London, organised five separate projects.
One group created an exhibition of photography and other works of art to support the Nest, Southwark Council’s mental health service for young people. They also held a sports day in Burgess Park, with basketball and football, to help raise awareness of the service.
Temiloluwa Owo, 17, an NCS participant with Groundwork London, said: “I really enjoyed seeing the smiles of the children playing the 5-a-side football, knowing that I have raised awareness about mental health for other people. A kindness from one stranger to another.”
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Another group worked with Brixton Soup Kitchen to help hand out food to people in the local community who were in need.
Ethan Johnson, 16, another NCS participant with Groundwork London, said: “I have really enjoyed my time on the NCS programme as it has allowed me to face new challenges while meeting new friends. Our social action allowed our team to build transferable skills while taking part in raising awareness for the homeless alongside Brixton Soup Kitchen.”
A third team chose to raise funds and awareness for ACLT, a leading blood cancer/disorder charity that raises awareness of the need for more stem cell, blood and organ donors in the UK.