Youngsters' help reaches out to Norwich estates
More than 80 Norwich youngsters have spent a day washing cars, cleaning houses and packing groceries for free in the annual Reach event, organised by the Wildlife youth club from Mount Zion Family Life Centre.
The sole purpose of the event was to reach out to help the local communities of Plumstead and Heartsease in a number of practical ways, said Jon Norman, Wildlife Youth Leader.
“In a society where you read of youths abusing their neighbours and vandalising property – Wildlife Youth is getting youth involved to impact their local community in a positive, caring and practical way,” said Jon.
Throughout the day more than 200 cars were washed at the Family Life Centre, gardens were weeded, homes spring cleaned and groceries packed at nearby Sainsburys. A group even went to the local Animal Sanctuary to help clean out the animals.
The event concluded with a free BBQ at Pilling Park Community Centre, serving tasty hotdogs and burgers and was attended by more than 300 residents of the Plumstead Estate.
“There is so much untapped potential in the youth of today. Sadly, society views them so negatively and is so quick to point the finger and judge. As a church we are passionate about impacting, motivating and making a difference in the lives of youth and to this end we look to encourage, mentor and believe in our local youth,” said Jon.
Despite the fact that the Family Life Centre was burned down earlier this year, Wildlife Youth Group is still maintaining momentum and continues to impact the lives of over 150 youth each week from its temporary home in Drayton.
More than 100 youth from the Heartsease and Plumstead estates are transported via buses to the Drayton site each week to attend the vibrant, life changing action packed programme that sets Wildlife apart.
Supporting the Reach Event were Sainsburys, Spenny G’s Car Wash, Hussey Knights, Hollinger Field, Hollinger Print, Greens Gym, IMAGINE Multimedia and the Local Network Fund.
Pictured top, are the youngsters and leaders at Wildlife ready for action.