Wellbeing garden created and funds raised by youngsters
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.