Young people clock up almost 11,000 hours of voluntary work

By on 23/11/2011 in News

A hundred young people from across Birmingham have given 10,800 hours - or almost 300 full working weeks - of time to community projects this year.

The figures will be announced tonight at an event to mark achievements of young people in the city.

The Record of Achievement awards will see certificates presented to 104 people from Birmingham City Council's youth service who have been nominated by staff and third sector organisations. It brings the total to around 1,500 certificates since the awards started 13 years ago.

One group of young men from Hawkesley estate in Kings Norton volunteered for the National Trust through the city council's youth service. Youth worker Stuart Oddy said about one of the youngsters: “He uses his own difficult experiences for formal education to reflect on how best to help others to develop new skills and knowledge. His sense of self has grown visibly over the year.”

The group made a video of their experiences which can be found here:

Councillor Les Lawrence, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “Every year we add up all the hours these young people have given to projects, neighbourhoods and communities and each year it is a staggering amount - about 300 working weeks this year. This would take someone working full time over five and a half years to complete. The positive contribution made to this city by these young people is amazing.”

Young people have been nominated for:
• Mentoring younger children or peers in play schemes, music, sports or video projects
• Fundraising for local groups
• Playing a crucial role in running and supporting youth projects
• Ensuring the voice of young people is heard throughout the city

Note to editors:
There are a number of young people who would be willing to speak to the media about the projects they have worked on.

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