Young volunteers to benefit Spilsby

COMMUNITY-SPIRITED youngsters will be donating their time and effort to carry out a series of worthwhile projects, making Spilsby a better place for its residents.

A group of 13 teenagers from Spilsby, Skegness, Alford and Woodhall Spa are set to begin work in the town on Monday as part of the National Citizen Service.

The volunteers have chosen two projects they believe will offer the most widespread benefit to the people of Spilsby, which they hope to complete within two weeks.

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School student Jonathan Thorndike said: “Spilsby and other parts of Lincolnshire can be lacking in facilities compared with other parts of the country so we thought we would give it as much help as possible with these projects, which we felt would benefit the most people in the community.”

One of the group’s scheduled projects is to renovate the Franklin Hall’s kitchen to make it a nicer space for community groups which hold their mealtime meetings there.

As it is used by youngsters for regular breakfast club meetings as well as lunch-time gatherings for more elderly residents, the volunteers hope their work will be appreciated by a wide cross-section of the community.

The group’s other task is to refurbish Spilsby Theatre’s bar area, which, as a well used community asset, they felt would also benefit many people.

The theatre would also like to hear from any other volunteers of any age, interested in helping to improve the facility. If you can help call Jane Scott or Bruce Knight on 01790 752936.

The youngsters, aged between 15 and 16, signed up for the project after a National Citizen Service representative gave a talk at their schools.

In participating, they not only hope to give something back to the community, they also expect to improve their employment prospects and improve the public’s impression of young people.

Volunteer Katie Wain said: “It helps to develop your self confidence and you can look back on what you’ve achieved with a sense of pride and satisfaction.

“Young people often have a bad reputation from the rest of society so we hope this will help portray our generation in a better light and show people that we are prepared to help people.”

Jonathan and Katie have thanked local businesses Focus Signs in Alford, Jacksons Building Centres in Spilsby and EJ Tong and Sons also in Spilsby for donating materials to the project.

Last year, a group of National Citizens Service volunteers helped to clear a pathway in Spilsby that had become filled with litter and decaying vegetation.

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