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Berkshire's young volunteers give care home a facelift which delights residents

PUBLISHED: 10:43 24 September 2014 | UPDATED: 10:43 24 September 2014

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Berkshire Youth's Action Up programme is going from strength to strength with over 70 young people taking part in Social Action Projects across Berkshire Unitary Authority.

The latest Action Up project has seen Newbury Lions Quest’s young people giving up their free time to help at A2Dominion’s Audrey Needham House in Newbury; a residential care home for the elderly.

The care home was given a facelift with the young people sanding and painting garden fences surrounding the property and a disused bench where residents enjoy sitting outside.

Lauren Boys said: “Volunteering for projects such as Berkshire Youth’s Action Up programme is a great thing to do and it makes me feel good to help others. The people at the care home were so grateful for our help and you feel a really sense of achievement from doing this type of volunteering work.”

The success of Berkshire Youth’s Action Up programme follows its recent study of more than 680 young people across Berkshire Unitary Authority which found that 70 per cent of young people had volunteered and contributed in some shape or form to their local community.

Julie Brooker, Employment Pathways Co-ordinator at A2Dominion said: “We are so thankful for the young people’s help and would be happy to have them or another group from Berkshire Youth back in the future. It’s amazing how a lick of paint can contribute to a more enjoyable environment for our residents.”

David Seward, chief executive, Berkshire Youth, said: “The success of the Action Up programme is a great example of the many fantastic things young people do for their local communities. Young people should be celebrated and supported and we all have a duty to do everything we can to provide them with the best possible start in life.”

About Berkshire Youth

Berkshire Youth is an organisation that helps inspire and empower eight to 18 year olds by supporting clubs and projects so they can deliver the best service for young people and give them the best possible start in life.

The organisation’s mission is to be the voice for young people of Berkshire and further their development and education through leisure time activities, helping them grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society so that their conditions of life may be improved.

See www.bacyp.co.uk

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