Lincolnshire teens roll up their sleeves to help the homeless

The group of Lincolnshire teens that have been lending a helping hand.

The group of Lincolnshire teens that have been lending a helping hand.

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A group of 20 Lincolnshire teenagers from the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, wielded paintbrushes, trowels and colour charts at the weekend, transforming a house for the homeless from shabby into chic.

The enthusiastic youngsters from all over Lincolnshire, set to work on the city centre ‘move on’ house, in support of East Midlands’ homeless charity Framework, choosing colour schemes, painting the interior and sprucing up the garden.

The project, completed on Saturday (12 March), was championed by NCS as part of the spring programme.

The 20 handy youngsters, all Spring delegates of the NCS scheme, completed the project as part of their commitment to dedicate 30-hours of their time to community initiatives.

Tracey Cook, who manages the accommodation for the charity, said: “Framework work hard to tackle homelessness locally, and support 159 people every night across Lincolnshire.

“The property the students have decorated supports four people every night for around six months, helping them on their journey towards living independently.

“It says a lot about these young people that they have given up their weekends to this project.

“They have shown a great deal of passion, enthusiasm and understanding and have come up with some great ideas to create a property which provides a calming, homely environment for our residents.

“We are grateful for their support.”

NCS is a once–in-a-lifetime opportunity open to all 16 to 17 year olds across England.

It is a unique two or three week full-time programme open to all Lincolnshire teenagers and is focused around fun and discovery, with participants volunteering at least 30 hours to a community project they create, to address an issue which is important to them.

To date up to 8 million additional hours have been dedicated to local communities as a result of NCS, and young people raised approximately £1.3m for local causes in 2015 alone.

For more information and to sign up for the summer programme, visit: www.ncsem1.org.uk.

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