WIRRAL teenagers have been busy volunteering and raising £2,000 for community projects.
The group of 16 and 17-year-olds from across the borough have had a busy summer helping others by doing the National Citizen Service programme with national charity, Catch22.
For the scheme, around 80 teenagers got active and enjoyed residential breaks in North Yorkshire and North Wales, as well as camping in Willaston.
The group also participated in workshops with Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire Service and a drug and alcohol worker from Connexions Wirral.
They dedicated two weeks to raise money for community projects such as The Ark and The Mission, homeless charities in Birkenhead, Your House for young mums, and sheltered accommodation in Wallasey and New Brighton.
Through a variety of ways – cake sales, car boot sales, market stalls, sponsored walks, market stalls and fun days – they raised £2,000.
The much-needed cash was used to restore the new Friends of Egremont cafe on Brighton Street, tidy the Your House garden, decorate derelict flats in sheltered housing projects so new tenants could move in, and hold coffee mornings for the teenagers to meet older people.
A graduation ceremony was held to congratulate the 16 and 17-year-olds. They were presented with signed certificates from David Cameron for completing the programme by Wirral Mayor, Cllr Dave Mitchell.
Ellie Gibson, who took part in the NCS programme, said:“The whole programme has been brilliant.
“I have made lots of new friends and got some amazing memories.”
Neil Jackson, manager of Catch22 NCS Wirral, said: “It has been a fantastic summer for the young people and Catch22 alike, we have watched young people from many different backgrounds bond and work together to form a really cohesive group that has achieved magnificent things not only on a personal level but also on what their community action projects have achieved both in changing the perception of the young people of Wirral but also the difference they have made to the local communities themselves.”