Teenage volunteers pack gifts and toiletries for the homeless

Young People packing gifts and toiletries to homeless people at St Patrick's Mission Church

Young People packing gifts and toiletries to homeless people at St Patrick's Mission Church

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

A GROUP of teenagers are looking to give homeless people in Bradford a boost through a summer-long volunteering project.

The kind-hearted group of seven youngsters, aged 16 and 17 are from Bradford and Harrogate have organised a project to give out packages to homeless people in the city.

They will have the choice of packs, which will contain items including toothpaste, food, blankets or other toiletries.

Woodcraft Folk is a partner of the National Youth Agency in the Cabinet Office's National Citizen Service. The NCS programme seeks to engage 16 and 17-year-olds in a range of residential and community activities.

The teenagers will handed out the packages during a soup kitchen held at St Patricks Mission Church, Sedgfield Terrace, Bradford, tomorrow between 11am and 2pm.

The group has spent the last three weeks developing their idea, contacting city firms and supermarkets for donations of items and organising the project from scratch.

It has received a grant of £200 from phone company O2 to help towards their costs. The group has also received a donation of food from Morrisons and have contacted other supermarkets.

Matthew Wiggins, 16, of Parkside School, who lives in Cullingworth, said: “I walked around Bradford and noticed the amount of homeless people here and wanted to help out.

"We have between 50 or 60 packs. Most of us took up this scheme to do during the school holiday.

“It’s the first time I have done anything like this. We're really looking forward to handing out the packs.

“The group didn’t know each other before this project, we got put together and have been doing a few team building exercises."

The group are from an organisation called Woodcraft Folk NCS. The charity has groups spread across the country, including Bradford and Shipley.

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