Youngsters give spare time to help others

PUBLISHED: 09:54 17 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010

A GROUP of hard working youngsters have dedicated some of their spare time to cheer up users of a day centre in Stevenage. Prince s Trust Stevenage Team 19 have been taking part in a community project at the Crossroads Caring for Carers Day Centre where

A GROUP of hard working youngsters have dedicated some of their spare time to cheer up users of a day centre in Stevenage.

Prince's Trust Stevenage Team 19 have been taking part in a community project at the Crossroads Caring for Carers Day Centre where they carried out fundraising activities to buy equipment, plants and a bench for the use of the centre's users.

The eight team members designed and cleared the garden area which was overgrown, painted a bright and decorative mural and purchased and planted all the plants.

Sheelagh Taylor, scheme director said: "The clients and staff really appreciate all the effort of the young people especially when young people can be perceived in a negative light. They worked really hard and it is a lovely bonus for the elderly clients. Crossroads are fundraising themselves to refurbish the day centre and this is a wonderful addition to smartening the place up"

Karen Croft, team leader, said: "I think the young people really enjoyed themselves, they learned new skills and are really pleased with what they have achieved particularly interacting with the older people. This has been a positive experience for clients, staff and the Prince's Trust team. Several of the team members who live locally to the day centre in Broad Oak Way say they will keep an eye on the garden to see how the plants grow and develop.

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