Teenagers team up for RNLI

RNLI ps1135-19a'Kids Fundraising For RNLI'Nicole Hdwsinclair
RNLI ps1135-19a'Kids Fundraising For RNLI'Nicole Hdwsinclair

A BAND of community-minded Bridlington teens are keeping up their good work in the town.

The group of 15 and 16-year-olds have been volunteering and organising a number of events throughout the summer holidays to make a difference to the local area.

They are working under the National Citizen Service (NCS), a national pilot scheme announced by Prime Minister David Cameron in July which in conjunction with East Riding of Yorkshire Council and national organisations such as young people’s charity Catch22, provides youngsters with a voluntary, personal and social development programme throughout the summer holidays.

The group have already carried out beach cleans and bag-packing at Tesco and most recently set up camp on the seafront to fund-raise for the RNLI.

They have been supported in their work by the Bridlington Lions Club and Christ Church Community Action Team.

Coun Julie Abraham, the council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and schools, said: “I am so impressed by what these young people have achieved in their community.

“Young people have had a bad press after recent events in parts of the country and this proves that they should not all be labelled the same. It is a great example to demonstrate the hard-working and community minded children and young people we have in the East Riding.”

Kevin Allen, youth support service manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The youth support service is delighted to have been able to give young people the opportunity to be involved in pilot NCS projects.

“It shows that, given the chance, young people can make a real difference to their local community.

“Activities of this sort certainly help to promote a more positive view of young people in their communities at a time when news items often feature a more negative one.”