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Young people get stuck in to improve the environment

Young people from Lambeth have helped to transform a local youth club and adventure playground in Tulse Hill.

Twenty five young people gave up their time to volunteer on the project, which was organised by Lambeth’s Member of Youth Parliament (MYP), Stephanie Harb.

Stephanie was elected to the post in April and is keen to encourage more young people in the borough to become volunteers.

A recent visit to her native Lebanon inspired her to get young people involved in projects to improve their community. Young people in Lebanon came together to help rebuild parts of the country destroyed during the 2006 conflict with Israel.

This experience inspired her to find similar opportunities in Lambeth where young people could make a real difference to lives. More than 400 young people took part in a consultation at this year’s Lambeth Country Show and there was overwhelming support for the idea.

Youth clubs and play grounds were identified as being most in need of help and so Stephanie organised a volunteering day at Tulse Hill Adventure Playground.

The event followed the same principles of the Community Freshview programme that sees the council support residents in volunteering projects, but with a difference. in this case it was just younger people taking part.

Their volunteering chimes with Lambeth Council’s journey towards becoming the country’s first co-operative council and the council’s vision of forging a partnership with Lambeth’s communities to deliver services which are responsive to local needs and answerable to local people.

Stephanie said: “It was really rewarding to see so many young people giving up their free time to help regenerate a local youth club. The playground looked so different after we had finished, and I think everyone had a lot of fun giving something back to their community. I’m hoping the success of our Freshview day will encourage more young people to get involved in volunteering, and local businesses and decision-makers to support our campaign.”

Visit the Community Freshview page.  

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