Young People Asked To Make A Difference This Summer

Wed, 2000-12-06 00:00

Summer of a Lifetime is the exciting new project being delivered by V, a charity who aim to inspire young people to get involved with volunteering, in partnership with the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust and East Durham College.

Summer of a Lifetime is a free summer-long programme where young people will plan, design and deliver social action projects within their local community and have lots of fun along the way.

Participants will also get to go on residential trips to Whitby and Durham where they will take part in exciting teamwork and outdoor physical challenges such as canoeing, rock climbing and surfing.

Volunteer Co-ordinator at East Durham College Joanne Ormston said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people to make this summer The Summer of a Lifetime! It’s going to be challenging and adventurous, and will give young people the chance to improve skills such as teamwork, problem solving, leadership and communication.

“Young people will also be able to improve their employment prospects by gaining new experiences, networking with others and enriching their CVs.”

Volunteering is a great all round experience. Gary Harding, aged 26 from Hetton, has been volunteering for nearly a year at East Durham College on the vTalent project.

“It’s been really fun, I’ve made some good friends. I’ve found out the things I’m good at as well as getting a better idea of what I want to do in the future. I would urge 16 year olds to apply to this project - it looks amazing!”, he said.

There are 30 places available for this summer. Participants will need to be 16, live in County Durham and have an interest in volunteering and making a difference in their community.