Young volunteers enjoy a week at South Yorkshire care home


Barnsley FC NCS at Deangate

TEENAGE volunteers from Barnsley FC’s National Citizenship Service (NCS) spent a week helping the elderly at Deangate Care Home.


The group of nine 16 and 17 year olds gave up their time to treat residents to a pamper day, arts and crafts, bingo, gardening activities and more.


They also raised over £360 through a tombola in Barnsley town centre and an 8-mile sponsored walk from Penistone to Oakwell.


The money will be split between the Mapplewell home and Parkinson’s UK.


The volunteers included Jack Hallows (17), Josh Heald (17), Lily Watson (17), Florrie Higgins (17), Kieran Brant (16), Grace Taylor (16), Sophie Stuchbery (16), Saskia Freeman (16) and Sapphron Heppenstall (16).


Sarah Newsome, leader of the Barnsley FC NCS group, said: “The work at Deangate Care Home is part of the group’s Social Action project – which is one of six principles within the NCS.


Barnsley FC NCS at Deangate 2“They planned out a week full of activities, like bingo, singing, a pamper day and crafts, as well as ways to help the residents, such as planting flowers in the garden.”


Jonathan Edwards, home manager at Deangate Care Home, said: “It was a pleasure to have the NCS volunteers at the home for the week.


“Our residents thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the young people. It has a hugely positive effect on them, raising their spirits for days and weeks afterwards.


“We can’t thank the group enough for giving up their time and hope to welcome more groups from the Barnsley FC NCS in future.”


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