Young people enjoy making a difference

Published on: 02 Jun 2014

Faith youth group at Christ Church Downend

YOUNG people and leaders from the Faith youth group at Christ Church Downend mucked in and got involved in community projects across north and east Bristol. 

The projects were part of The Noise - a cross-church initiative to show God's love to communities across Bristol in practical ways. 

The projects took place during the first May Bank Holiday weekend and attracted more than 800 volunteers.

This is the third year that the Faith youth group has been involved in The Noise. This year around 35 young people and eight youth leaders painted a community centre in Southmead. 

They also spent a morning gardening and rubbish clearing in Lawrence Weston to clear space for a food bank store at a local church and prepare vegetable plots in a local school. 

On the final afternoon of the weekend they helped run a community fun afternoon in Southmead, organising giant inflatables and painting faces.

Faith group member Luke, 11, said: “I love seeing people say thank you for the work we're doing and knowing we're making an impact on a community. I liked painting the community centre because it's the heart of the community and it was really nice to know we were making a difference in lives.”

Amy, also 11, said: “I did it because it sounded fun. It was tiring but fun and interesting. The best bit was getting covered in paint because normally I get told off for that.”

Gary Smart, the Faith youth leader who organised the group’s involvement in The Noise, said: “Faith has been volunteering for the Noise for the last three years. This year we took our biggest team of young people and leaders. 

“We were motivated to help by following Christ's example to serve others less fortunate in our communities.

“It helps build teamwork amongst the young people and a sense of belonging; along with a tremendous feel-good factor when a job is completed. We hope that the communities we help will know that young people are capable of great things.”

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