Learning life skills is a big hit with Pompey in the Community youngsters

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STANDING outside a supermarket with charity buckets and a mascot dog, these youngsters couldn’t be happier.

The group of 10 teenagers –and Pompey’s canine mascot, Nelson – were at Sainsbury’s in Farlington raising money for Hasag – a charity which supports sufferers of asbestos-related diseases.

The fundraiser was part of a National Citizen Service programme run by Pompey in the Community.

NCS leader Leah Novle, 19, said a total of 120 youngsters aged 15 to 17 would take part in the four-week programme over the summer.

Ms Novle said it was an opportunity to learn skills and make new friends.

She said: ‘All these kids have done well.

‘They’ve been helping each other and learning to work as a team.’

The programme started with a camping trip to Dorset, where participants tried adventure activities and got to know each other.

Pompey in the Community education manager James Lang, 37, said: ‘It’s all about giving kids some extra life skills for when they’ve left school rather than wasting their holidays.

‘It’s getting them out and working as a team, and understanding that although life can be difficult, if they work together it can be easy.’

Participant Sophie Cooke, 16, of Cosham, said: ‘I hadn’t met anyone here before and now we’re like a family.

‘It’s really boosted my confidence.’

Ellie Richards, 17, of Copnor, said the programme was a great opportunity.

She said: ‘You get to do lots of things that would never have got to do elsewhere.

‘It would be good to carry on doing things like this and helping the community. It’s good fun.’

The youngsters will raise money for Hasag through a charity quiz and curry night at the Alliance Suite 
at Fratton Park tomorrow night.

The dinner starts at 7pm and tickets are £10 or £15 including a stadium tour at 6pm.

Call 07731 839947 or 07523 914776 to book.




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