Published On: Fri, Mar 7th, 2014 on 2:27 pm

Calderdale youth prove volunteering can make a difference

Calderdale Volunteers

(l-r) Suzzie Walton, Simon Burt, Patrick Mallison, Chris Schofield, Shane Lewis, and Becky Watts

Calderdale Volunteers

Simon Burt gets hand-on making a sculpture

Calderdale Volunteers

Chainsaw carver Peter Leadbeater makes a new bench for the field

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Dedicated volunteers in Calderdale have been learning practical outdoor skills and getting valuable work experience helping them towards jobs in the countryside and construction sectors.

As their placements come near to an end, their efforts were celebrated as they continued working on practical tasks at the Caddyfields playing field off Trooper Lane, Halifax, on 6 March.

Chainsaw carver Peter Leadbeater was also on-hand busy carving a bench that will reside in the field permanently.

The volunteering project was promoted by Calderdale’s Community Taskforce team, a group of people who are reducing youth unemployment across the region by giving opportunities and career help to those aged between 16 and 24.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Cllr Barry Collins, explained: “This project was designed to launch the Council’s new Community Task Force.

“So I’m really pleased that it’s been a success, giving young people who may have struggled to find employment the chance to gain some experience in an outdoor role.”

The volunteers weren’t involved in training, education or employment before they enrolled.

But together, they’ve been carrying out a range of environmental projects from flood mitigation measures to local litter picks to benefit the local area.

One young person involved in the scheme, who has now secured an apprenticeship, said: “This opportunity was brought to me when my drawings stood out to my supervisor, we did some mock interviews, which were very helpful and gave me confidence.”

You can follow the project on Twitter @EnviroVolunteer.

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- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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