Green-fingered and community-minded young people from across Wolverhampton are taking part in a gardening project to spruce up Aldersley Leisure Village as part of Wolves Foundation’s participation in the National Citizen Service this summer.
The Foundation are one of the delivery partners of the NCS programme, which offers 16 and 17-year-olds the chance to volunteer for a social development initiative, and this year have adapted the project to be Covid-19 secure.
The fortnight-long initiative, starting on Monday, will help young people develop their leadership and teambuilding skills via workshops and activity sessions, and also tips on planning their own social action project.
The second week of the ‘Keep Doing Good’ initiative will then see participants make a really positive impact on their community by improving the look of Aldersley Leisure Village, which was used as the site of the City of Wolverhampton Council’s extensive food distribution hub during lockdown.
“’Keep Doing Good’ is a great initiative from the NCS, offering Year 11 pupils the chance to volunteer and help the community with a project which will have such a positive impact on the community,” says Harina Basra, Education Officer with Wolves Foundation.
“For those taking part in the Wolves Foundation project, it is particularly appropriate that they will be helping to improve the area at Aldersley, where we also gave up the use of the Foundation’s Arena to the council to help them provide such a vital service to the city during the pandemic.
“Thousands of vulnerable citizens received food parcels as a result of this initiative, and some of us at the Foundation also played a part by carrying out shopping for others at a time when so many people in the community came together to help.
“With the lockdown, Aldersley Leisure Village could perhaps now do with a bit of a refresh and some flowers to brighten it up once again, and we are thrilled that as a Foundation, we can work with young volunteers to make such a difference to our local community.
“The fortnight as a whole will provide young people with so many transferable skills including teamwork, leadership, presenting and time management, as well as building confidence and preparing them for whatever lies ahead in the future.
“The timing is also good as the activities are taking place just before young people return to education and will bring some structure back to their lives after what has been such a long break for so many of them.”
The first week of the programme with the workshops and activity sessions takes place at the Wellington Road campus of City of Wolverhampton College, before the project moves to Aldersley during the second week.