School pupils’ summer spent helping charity

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A group of Sheffield pupils have given up part of their summer to support city homeless charity Emmaus.

The youngsters are all part of the National Citizen Service, a government scheme open to 16 and 17-year-olds helping to build skills for work and life.

NCS, which is supported by Sheffield United, brings together young people from different backgrounds to help them develop confidence and responsibility.

Together, they create a social action project to deal with a local issue, and spend 30 hours putting the project into action.

For the Sheffield team that meant creating the Sleep, Sweep, Survive campaign in support of Emmaus, the project where people who were formerly homeless can find somewhere safe and welcoming to live and rediscover their dignity through work.

“We were delighted to welcome the youngsters to our headquarters,” said Emmaus retail manager Charley Fedorenko. “They’ve all just finished their GCSEs but instead of sitting back and enjoying the break they volunteered to come here and support us. They’ve been a pleasure to work with and made a real difference.”