New Life Church gives youth hope

Go! & Express - - GO & EXPRESS - MADELEINE CHAPUT

THE East Lon­don Child and Youth Care Cen­tre (ELCYCC) re­ceived a visit from 55 mem­bers of New Life Church con­gre­ga­tion on Youth Day last week.

The con­gre­ga­tion spent the day at the Glen Stella Cam­pus, where the chil­dren were treated to var­i­ous games and ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing fun soccer matches, colour­ing-in com­pe­ti­tions and a jump­ing cas­tle in cel­e­bra­tion of Youth Day.

“As a cen­tre we cel­e­brate and ac­knowl­edge the re­silience of each child in our care and ed­u­cate them on their rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as well as how to raise their con­cerns and views with­out in­fring­ing on the rights of oth­ers,” so­cial worker and fundraiser at ELCYCC, Larne Robus said.

The mem­bers of the New Life Church con­gre­ga­tion sup­plied each child with a party pack and shared a meal with the chil­dren and staff at the ELCYCC.

The con­gre­ga­tion also gave spe­cial thanks to the ELCYCC child­care team for the self­less work they do through a small gift for each child­care worker.

“The day was en­joyed by all and was a true bless­ing to see the chil­dren hav­ing fun and our staff re­ceiv­ing the ap­pre­ci­a­tion they de­serve,” said Robus.

The cen­tre, which is home to 105 chil­dren be­tween the ages of 0 and 21, was es­tab­lished in 1924. Cur­rently, the Glen Stella Cam­pus is home to 89 chil­dren and an­other 16 chil­dren are housed at ELCYCC's Bea­con Bay fa­cil­ity. Apart from the chil­dren in their im­me­di­ate care, last year the ELCYCC cared for 800 chil­dren in bor­der­ing com­mu­ni­ties. In the past six months this num­ber has grown to 956 chil­dren.

“The need is al­ways grow­ing, we are al­ways look­ing for vol­un­teers and help in any way, shape or form. All they need is love and care and I'm so grate­ful to the mem­bers of New Life Church for spend­ing their pub­lic hol­i­day with us,” Robus said.

From med­i­cal to aca­demic and emo­tional sup­port, the ELCYCC is there sup­port­ing each child through ev­ery phase of their lives.

“In each unit, the chil­dren all help at meal times and make sup­per with our cooks in order for them to bond and learn new skills. We also teach prac­ti­cal skills such as bead­ing, wood­work and sewing as well as com­puter skills,” Robus said.

Pic­ture: MADELEINE CHAPUT

TEAM TALK: The East Lon­don Child and Youth Care Cen­tre was treated to a visit from mem­bers from the New Life Church con­gre­ga­tion. Pic­tured are some of the chil­dren en­gaged in a team talk

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