Teenagers help homeless in Crawley

Award presentation for young volunteers who took part in a National Citizens Service project. Pic Steve Robards. SR1517760
Award presentation for young volunteers who took part in a National Citizens Service project. Pic Steve Robards. SR1517760

Young volunteers have donated rucksacks packed with useful items for homeless people to a Crawley shelter.

Thirteen 16 to 17-year-olds raised funds and received donations from businesses for the 20 bags which were given to Crawley Open House on Friday (August 7).

The volunteers received awards for completing their four-week National Citizen Scheme (NCS).

Kenny Glasspool, 55, NCS coordinator for Crawley, said: “The young people worked really really hard in getting organisations to donate.”

The bags were packed with 20 items including toiletries and a book. Mr Glasspool said the book would help homeless people not to drink or take drugs.

The group raised some £500 and Crawley Lions Club gave £250 to buy the bags,

The young people slept rough outside Langley Green Youth Club on Wednesday last week to raise funds and awareness of homelessness. They held a bake sale fundraiser.

The teenagers learnt about the social problem and met homeless people at the shelter as part of the Government scheme.

Mr Glasspool said they were shocked by homeless people’s standards of living and the threat of violence rough sleepers face.

He said: “It’s been positive,, it gives young people a chance to realise their potential.

“It prepares them for the outside world and dealing with the public.

“They all definitely have grown up a bit by the end of the weeks.”

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