Gosport young people encouraged to get volunteering

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YOUNG people looking for work are being encouraged to join a voluntary group in Gosport in a bid to boost their skills.

Backed by Comic Relief, Loud and Proud is on the lookout for young people, aged 16 to 25, to help the community, especially those out of work or out of full-time education.

Since forming in February last year, the group has organised themed evenings for children and the elderly, taken part in litter picking, sponsored walks and helped people in the community, raising around £1,500.

The group was the brainchild of six youngsters from Gosport.

Holly Ure, 17 from Titchborne Way, who helped set it up, said she believes everyone involved has played a part and created a community atmosphere.

‘Everyone has become a lot more confident and prouder of what we do for our community,’ she said.

The group is raising awareness of depression and anxiety.

Recently, it took part in an presentation at Brune Park Community College, speaking to fellow teenagers about living with mental illness.

‘It was a fun experience – definitely an eye opener for those taking part,’ Holly added.

Members of the group also cleaned up the site at HMS Daedalus in Lee-on-the-Solent and were then rewarded with a free flight on a light aircraft.

For more information or to get involved, email loudandproud2011@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/loud.proud.