Young volunteers help clear out community centre and gardens on Edgware estate

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Youth club members showed the good volunteers can do when they gave communal gardens a new lease of life.

More than 30 members of the Stonegrove Estates Youth Project (SEYP) took part in the Give & Get Given project run by Community Barnet.

Throughout the day the young volunteers from the age of eight to 19 cleared waste, swept, raked, dug and planted to make the gardens a pleasant place to be.

Community Barnet project organiser Bilal Harry Khan, 22, said: “The whole aim of the project has been to show young people the benefits of volunteering and that it can be fun.

“What has been great about the children from the Stonegrove estate is the enthusiasm they have had for the project.

“I think this is different to other schemes because they are all taking part and helping because they want to, not because they have been told to.”

The estate's youth forum chairman Tyrese Nana Adu-Gyamfi, 15, said: “I think it has been really good for the young people of the estate.

“It has been a chance for them all to get to know each other better but also to volunteer and work alongside other people from the community.

“This project shows that young people do want to volunteer, take pride in their community and they are not afraid to get involved. I'm really proud of everyone who helped.”

Jim Ball, community youth worker for the Stonegrove Estates Youth Project, said: This project has gone really well.

“We have some great young people on this estate I think this shows they really care about where they live.”

The Give & Get Given project run by Community Barnet has been taking place across the borough and will be coming to an end this month due to funding cuts.

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9:36am Mon 24 Mar 14

Treenut says...

Great article. Thank you.
Great article. Thank you. Treenut
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1:03pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

I have a lot of respect for the young Edgware volunteers who worked hard all day to improve the Stonegrove estate’s communal gardens. But I have little respect for teenagers who raise money for charity by soliciting sponsorship for a fun project that benefits no one but themselves, such as the Hendon teenagers who were sponsored to visit all 283 London tube stations (see “Hendon teenagers praised by politicians for quirky Wings of Hope charity”).

Well done, Stonegrove Estates Youth Project! But why couldn’t the Hasmonean boys have done some equally useful hard work to raise money for charity, rather than just soliciting sponsorship for a jolly day out?
I have a lot of respect for the young Edgware volunteers who worked hard all day to improve the Stonegrove estate’s communal gardens. But I have little respect for teenagers who raise money for charity by soliciting sponsorship for a fun project that benefits no one but themselves, such as the Hendon teenagers who were sponsored to visit all 283 London tube stations (see “Hendon teenagers praised by politicians for quirky Wings of Hope charity”). Well done, Stonegrove Estates Youth Project! But why couldn’t the Hasmonean boys have done some equally useful hard work to raise money for charity, rather than just soliciting sponsorship for a jolly day out? Edgar de Jarnac
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