Young volunteers eager to help

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Roxburgh youth have taken to the streets for their latest venture — and it has won them high praise from members of the community.
Almost 20 Teviot Valley Community Christian Trust youth group members took part in the initiative, which involved youth ‘‘heading out into the community and seeking ways in which they could provide help for residents and businesses’’, trust youth worker Paul Mahoney said.
‘‘The young people made their way door to door in small groups asking residents if there were any jobs they could do for them free.
‘‘The youth were incredibly excited and keen to serve their community as they enthusiastically washed people’s windows, picked up leaves, walked dogs, weeded gardens, washed dishes and cleared driveways.
‘‘Residents were supportive and gave very positive feedback.’’
The event, held at the end of last month, was in conjunction with National Youth Week, which this year was themed ‘‘Giving back is giving forward’’, Mr Mahoney said.
‘‘It was a chance to recognise and celebrate the way youth support and give to their friends, family and community.
‘‘The aim of the project was to provide an opportunity for the youth to voluntarily give their time to serve and help others without payment and experience the positive consequences of that.’’
Nineteen youth members volunteered their time over two work sessions, with many of them volunteering for both sessions, Mr Mahoney said.
Both afternoons finished with a sausage sizzle at the Teviot youth centre, and the volunteering initiative was so successful it could be held more regularly, he said.