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Darwen academy volunteers launch volunteering project
10:55am Wednesday 20th June 2012 in News
CHILDREN from Darwen Academy will go out into their communities to carry out vital voluntary work.
As part of the Stand Out In Darwen project, about 280 children from years seven and eight will complete two mornings of work on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 17 and 18.
It is the second project of its kind, after the successful first Stand Out In Darwen days saw 500 pupils carry out tasks including helping the elderly during an IT coffee morning, creating art works and cleaning up at Witton Park, Blackburn, and Sunnyhurst Wood, and handing out Age UK flyers in the town.
And now, organisers are looking for people who know of deserving causes that could be helped by the pupils.
Neighbourhood challenge co-ordinator for the Stand Out In Darwen project Jude Smith, who is based at Darwen Academy, said: “I would like to ask for any assistance you may be able to give in order to allow students from DACA to complete two mornings of volunteering.
“I feel that volunteering is an important trait to instil in our young people to ensure they become well rounded individuals and actively contributing citizens of the local community.
“I am hoping to secure a number of small or large local activities that will benefit the immediate community to break down any barriers that may exist between the youth and older members of the area.
“Also to make improvements to any areas which require updating, clearing of debris or waste, making it safe for local residents or to simply give back some time and effort into their local community.
“Suggested activities may include street clear-ups, reading to the elderly, working in a retirement home or restoration of local park areas.”
Anyone wishing to suggest a project for the students to get involved with should contact Mrs Smith on jude.smith@ daca.uk.com, or call 01254 819500.
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