University of Portsmouth students volunteer for scheme

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MANY students from the University of Portsmouth are volunteering to support the city’s Respect Programme.

They have been offering a helping hand to youngsters in Portsmouth with a range of activities, from playing football to fundraising.

Respect is a community scheme which has been credited with driving a drop in crime and anti-social behaviour in the southern half of the city where it operates.

Respect programme manager Julian Wadsworth said: ‘We’ve had students from every faculty helping us or doing internships, paid and unpaid.

‘They’ve raised money for Respect through the students’ union, run football clubs, third year students are producing a film about our pioneering disability awareness project for us, and we’ve had four students helping support our young journalism team every week and others teaching youngsters web design skills.’

The programme offers mainly free activities to more than 600 youngsters a week in the Milton, Eastney and Southsea areas of the city.