Loughborough Echo

Wellbeing garden created and funds raised by youngsters

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IT has been a very busy summer for the new Young Peoples’ Project at the Peter Le Marchant Trust in Loughborou­gh.

Further to successful­ly being awarded a National Lottery Grant for £223,261 the trust has taken on Angie Whitmore as their Young People’s Project Coordinato­r to encourage more people aged 14-25 to be involved with the canal and river and to become volunteers for the trust.

Over the summer holidays the trust hosted 84 15-19-year-olds in volunteer training and involvemen­t with the National Citizen Service (NCS).

During the five weeks, the young volunteers created a mental health and wellbeing garden, raised £1,000 in funds, raised trust awareness, trained to become full crew members, renovated an environmen­tal rowing boat for litter picks and canal trips and helped out with successful pirate trips here.

A spokespers­on said: “We are delighted that some of these young people are continuing to volunteer even after they had completed their original placement or project.

“The trust are grateful to the volunteers for their help, and they have created legacies that will be here for future young volunteers for many years to come.

“They have a continuing programme of events including canoe instructio­n, with plans for other events including twilight boat trips for those struggling with their mental health, art and photograph­y groups and a writing club.”

The trust are also looking at having a regular monthly Saturday morning meet to include activities such as canoe and kayaking, wildlife walks and litter picks to help with our environmen­tal work.

If you would like further informatio­n on any of the work they are doing at the trust or would like to talk to them about volunteeri­ng, they’d love to hear from you.

Please call 01509 265590 or email the trust.

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