Students from The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre have been helping to prevent youth homelessness in the West Midlands.
Community Ambassadors at the school organised a collection for St Basils’ Foyer project in Kidderminster. The students have been donating items for ‘starter packs’. This includes things like bath towels, dinner plates, tin openers and toilet rolls. The packs are for young people moving on from the accommodation scheme. They help them feel more comfortable and settle in quicker when in a new place.
The Community Ambassador Scheme is an award winning community safety project for youngsters. It is managed by Safer Wyre Forest and The ContinU Trust. They presented St Basils with boxes of items for the starter packs.
Barrie Hodge, Head of Fundraising and Communications at St Basils, said: “We truly appreciate this wonderful support from The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre. The items collected by the community ambassadors are vital in giving a young person a great foundation to start from. It is a commitment to their future which comes from people of the same age who may not relate to the issues that young people without a home face. On behalf of all the young people we support from St Basils, thank you.”
Safer Wyre Forest is managed by Wyre Forest District Council. Councillor Juliet Smith is the Cabinet Member with responsibility for Culture, Leisure and Community Protection said: “This is another wonderful example of how the Ambassador Scheme is working in the community and making a difference. It’s about young people sharing positive messages with their peers in school and the wider community. The scheme covers topics such as safety, citizenship, wellbeing and health. It is great to see young people coming together to help other young people in the district.”