By Sue Mackinnon
A young people’s project based in Knowle West has chosen to support a local charity as part of their citizenship work.
The 12 young people from Youth Moves, based at the Park, are working with the Matthew Tree Project – a charity which addresses ‘the underlying cause of food poverty’ and has a Foodstore at Inns Court.
The young people aged 15 to 17 are from a number of different secondary schools in South Bristol. They have just completed their GCSEs and are taking part in this Social Action project as part of their month-long National Citizenship Service (NCS).
Youth Moves NCS Team Leader Jamie-Lee Coyne said the group had been really enthusiastic about the project.
She said: “”They looked at quite a few charities and this is what they chose as they liked what the Matthew Tree does…
“NCS has been a brilliant opportunity for the group to meet new people, use their initiatives and build networks that they may not have come across otherwise…”
The charity impressed the young people with its range of services, including community support, cookery lessons and transport for the elderly – and they wanted to help promote these to the community.
Their work so far has included carrying out a survey in the area to find out what residents want, coming up with ideas for publicity material and even planning a busking session. They will also be supporting the Fun Day at Inns Court on 15 August.
Ed Thomas (17) from Knowle said: “We want to help raise awareness, so more people – if they need it – know where the local branch is and don’t have to travel. Local people can also donate…”
Elise Garty (16) from Filwood said she had really enjoyed taking part in the Social Action project.
She said: “I’ve met a lot of people at Youth Moves and it’s been fun. The Matthew Tree helps people who need it. We’ll be busking at the docks and handing out leaflets and doing a bit of fundraising.”
Community Link Co-ordinator for the Matthew Tree, Hannah Sharp, said she had been very impressed with the group and was pleased they were ‘spreading the message’.
She told the Knowledge: “I think it’s fantastic they are getting involved and it feels really positive to be working in partnership with young people in the community.”