Community-spirited teenagers visited a Sanctuary Care home in Harwich last recently to make improvements to the living environment for residents.
Volunteers aged 15 to 17 from the National Citizen Service (NCS) – an Essex County Council-run initiative which works to engage young people and bring communities together through social action projects – visited Don Thomson House Residential Care Home in Harwich to put their DIY and creative skills to good use.
Among the work carried out at the care home the teenagers built and painted ‘beach hut’ style sheds for the home’s gardens and painted a beautiful mural in the care home’s seaside-themed lounge area.
The home’s manager Rebecca Dunn said: “Our residents have absolutely loved having the volunteers at the home this week, there has been a real buzz in the air. Some of our residents joined in with the beach hut painting, which they were absolutely delighted about, and loved chatting to the young people.
“We are thrilled to have had the NCS with us and are so grateful for the wonderful improvements they’ve made to the residents’ living environment, making it an even lovelier place.”
Ben Randall, who leads the group and is Youth Support Worker for the Essex County Council, said: “This is a fantastic group of young people who have been so enthusiastic about the project. They’ve all put a lot of hard work into the work they’ve done at the care home - we couldn’t have asked for a better group.”
The National Citizen Service is a Government-funded scheme focused around fun and discovery, which helps young people to take on new challenges and build skills for work and life by organising social action projects which benefit their local communities.