YOUNG people taking part in one of Sheffield’s first National Citizen Service schemes were paid a visit by David Blunkett.
The Brightside and Hillsborough MP called in at sessions on the Winn Gardens estate, Middlewood, and at Hillsborough Library, which were organised by Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme and the Football League Trust.
Volunteer aged 16 and 17 have spent three weeks ‘making a difference to their local community while developing crucial life skills’.
They have been organising Olympic and football activities for local children, reading and craft with toddlers, helping clear the River Don, litter picking and creating an art mural with children from Winn Gardens to be displayed on the estate’s football court.
Ryan Priest, aged 16, one of those involved at Winn Gardens, said: “It has been amazing. I have made lots of new mates and have done loads of activities I have never tried before. I have enjoyed organising projects in my local area, especially creating the mural which we have designed and we are getting children from the estate to paint at the end of the week.”
Mr Blunkett said: “It is fantastic to see such committed and motivated young people giving something back to their communities whilst they are participating in National Citizen Service.
“I am very pleased the Football League Trust is delivering to youngsters in north Sheffield.
“I hope this will be the beginning of a longer term commitment by both the youngsters and those who have laid on the programme to build both volunteering and a sense of community.”
Mike Evans of The Football League Trust, said: “We are delighted David was able to take time out of his busy schedule to see NCS in action in Sheffield.
“Our education work with continues to develop and NCS is a key part of this transitional phase in a young person’s journey through life.”