Youngsters pitch ideas to city ‘dragons’

The 'dragons', from left, Jason Bentley, from the Recycled Assets Company; EBP South chief executive Cath Longhurst; Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, and Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond, with teenagers taking part in the National Citizen Service programme

The 'dragons', from left, Jason Bentley, from the Recycled Assets Company; EBP South chief executive Cath Longhurst; Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, and Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond, with teenagers taking part in the National Citizen Service programme

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  • Part of the National Citizen Service
  • Young people pitch community fundraising ideas
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YOUNG people pitched community project ideas that would need fundraising help in a Dragons’ Den-style event.

As part of their National Citizen Service programme, people aged 15 to 17 from Portsmouth and Havant put forward their ideas to ‘dragons’ MP Flick Drummond, leader of Portsmouth City Council Donna Jones, Jason Bentley from the Recycled Assets Company and EBP South chief executive Cath Longhurst.

I was really impressed with the standard of their presentations

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond

The programme is run by Pompey in the Community and in this section, young people are encouraged to pitch a fundraising idea to help others.

Cllr Jones said: ‘We had three ambitious social action projects, which included renovating a community centre, working with the Society of St James helping to renovate a garden, and supporting the Disability Forum at the Frank Sorrell Centre in Southsea.

‘I’d urge all businesses to get involved and to donate what they can. Please give generously.’

There are 15 teams in the programme, but only three pitched to the dragons.

Mrs Drummond said: ‘The work the NCS teams have done over the last few weeks is incredible and you can see how the young people have bonded.

‘They were all incredibly motivated about what they’re doing.

‘I was really impressed with the standard of their presentations.’

The groups are all now fundraising towards their projects.

Team 11 is raising funds to help renovate Stamshaw and Tipner Community Centre after it suffered water damage. The renovation will create a safer and more welcoming environment.

Fundraising activities includes a quiz night and raffle on Thursday, August 13, at the Stamshaw Community Centre, from 6pm to 8pm. A fancy dress fun run, a Morrisons bag pack and a car boot sale is due to take place over the weekend.

To get involved in the programme, call Pompey in the Community on (023) 9272 8899.

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