A little incentive to get involved as a volunteer

Lunch Club at Warwick Court, Daventry.'Juris Grumovics with Isobel Ross
Lunch Club at Warwick Court, Daventry.'Juris Grumovics with Isobel Ross

Young people at risk of becoming disengaged from education have found new skills and opportunities in volunteering.

The Green Acres project, based in Staverton, has teamed up with Daventry and Distict Housing bringing hot lunches to the residents of Warwick Court.

Lunch Club at Warwick Court, Daventry.'Tyler Whyte

Lunch Club at Warwick Court, Daventry.'Tyler Whyte

Almost 25 sheltered housing residents have been enjoying a two-course lunch served by young people from local schools every Thursday since the project launched in January.

Green Acres centre manager Heather Wilson said: “It’s great for us to come to Warwick Court – the young people really enjoy volunteering. They’re fairly nervous the first time but the residents are very welcoming.

“We work closely with schools to give opportunities to young people aged from 14. If there are problems at school the youngster can come to us for a couple of days a week and try something different.

“We make sure they focus on their qualifications but through our semicommercial kitchen and garden we can teach practical and life skills.”

As part of National Volunteer Week DDH and the Daventry Volunteer Centre are hoping to engage more people in the district with volunteering through projects like this and the Daventry Time Bank.

Mother-of-two Hannah Tremayne, 27, of Nene Walk, fits volunteering around her other time commitments. She shares her computer skills with older people living in sheltered accommodation.

She said: “I find volunteering really rewarding. The people I’m working with at Warwick Court are so appreciative of the help.

“I’m currently seeking work and volunteering will go on my CV. I’d definitely recommend volunteering.”

For more information, email volunteering@ddh.org.ukor call DVC on 01327 300614. For more about Green Acres, visit www.greenacresfarm.org.uk or call 01327 703313.