Young volunteers have shown the spirit of Christmas by donating to their local food bank and cleaning up Redcar beach.
The young people, aged 16 and 17, have successfully completed a programme of courses after Cleveland Fire Brigade linked-up with the National Citizen Service (NCS) and have all been awarded nationally recognised volunteering qualifications.
As part of their work they decided to hold a supermarket bag packing day to raise money to donate items to the Redcar Food Bank. In addition they also had a litter sweep of Redcar beach to make it a cleaner and safer environment for everyone.
The volunteers are all from the Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council area and the programme, which included residential outdoor activities in the Lake District and a series of presentations by a variety of organisations, was organised by Cleveland Fire Brigade’s Youth Engagement Team.
David Bowmer Youth Development Coordinator, Cleveland Fire Brigade said: “It was absolutely fantastic to see the volunteers helping their local community. They realise that unfortunately some people need a little extra help to make sure they have a happier Christmas and were very keen to support the Food Bank which does outstanding work, especially at this time of year.
“On top of this, with all the national debate surrounding the dangers of plastic and other litter on beaches, they had no hesitation to go out and remove unwanted debris from Redcar beach,
“All this work was entirely off their own initiative and something that they really wanted to do. They are all fully deserving of getting their national volunteering qualifications and are a credit to the local community.”
The programme also included leaning team skills through firefighter training.
Across the whole of the Tees Valley almost 1,000 teenagers completed NCS programmes in recent months, organising around 60 youth-led community projects.