Teenagers skip holidays to help homeless people

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23 Aug 2013
by Neil Skinner

Teenagers from across the Nottingham area have taken time out of their precious summer holidays to help homeless people in their communities and to learn more about their lives.

Dozens of youngsters, who have been participating in the National Citizenship Service (NCS), have spent the last two weeks helping local charities and learning more about key social issues – including the issue of homelessness.

After contacting Framework, several NCS groups have been engaged in colourful fundraising efforts around the city and have already visited several services.

This afternoon (Friday, August 23) a group of nine young people, led by mentor and teacher Mark Launchbury, popped into the charity’s Nottingham offices to drop off more than £300 they have collected from a cake sale, a raffle, and a nine mile walk between Framework services.

Robert Harrison, 17, explained: “The first day we started our social action project we did a bit of research on local charities to see who we could help. It was during this research that we realised just how serious the problem of homelessness is.”

Keen to break through stereotypes and learn about the true causes of homelessness, Robert and his friends visited the Hughendon Lodge accommodation complex in Nottingham, which houses people with mental health issues.

Isaac Wain, 16, added: “We knew about other causes of homelessness like drugs and alcohol, but we really had no idea how much of a link there was between mental health and homelessness.”

The group now has plans to complete another fundraising walk for Framework.

Michael Leng, Framework Operations Director, said: “I have been delighted to witness the interest and the enthusiasm of the NCS volunteers over the last couple of weeks. In giving up their free time to help homeless people in their community, they have done themselves and their NCS mentors proud. I would like to thank each of them for their efforts and hope that they enjoy the rest of their holiday.”  

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