Hall gets spruce up by teens in project

(Top left clockwise) Mathew Wilmot, 16, of Bawtry, Tim Watkins, 16, of Thorne, Hannah West, 16, of Braithwell, and Megan Holbery, 15, of Sprotbrough, all members of National Citizen's service have redecorated at Victoria Hall, Hatfield. Picture: Andrew Roe
(Top left clockwise) Mathew Wilmot, 16, of Bawtry, Tim Watkins, 16, of Thorne, Hannah West, 16, of Braithwell, and Megan Holbery, 15, of Sprotbrough, all members of National Citizen's service have redecorated at Victoria Hall, Hatfield. Picture: Andrew Roe

A COMMUNITY Centre has been given a spruce up by teenagers volunteering their time during the summer holidays.

Teenagers taking part in the National Citizens Service have been busy fundraising over the last few weeks to be able to pay for supplies and materials to renovate the Victoria Hall in High Street, Hatfield.

And last week the teenagers taking part in the scheme went into the centre to replace carpets, paint the walls and complete general maintenance jobs on the building.

One of the participants is 15-year-old Ridgewood School pupil Megan Holbrey.

She said: “We have been doing the scheme for the last two weeks and it is about giving something back to the community.

“We went to Hatfield Water Park to do some team work projects and have to all work together.

“There have been nine of us doing the fundraising for more materials and 47 of us doing the work.”

As part of the project, one of the Coalition Government’s ideas to create a ‘Big Society,’ participants get to go on residential team work trips before having to undertake 30 hours worth of work to benefit their communities.

For the South Yorkshire teens, three of these have been spent sprucing up the centre.

The National Citizens Service is a government-run scheme aimed at 15, 16 and 17 year olds to help them develop teamwork skills, meet new people and have the chance to put something back into their communities.

One of the aims of the scheme is to allow young people to get into the heart of the place they live to understand how their community works, as well as the importance of being a team player within your own neighbourhood.

Projects run throughout year, based in every school holiday break.

For more information on the scheme visit http://
nationalcitizenservice.direct.gov.uk featuring testimonials from participants.