A youth work charity in Lancing has celebrated the work of its volunteers with an event to mark volunteers’ week.
Electric Storm Youth benefits from a strong group of residents who give their time to work closely with young people at the weekly Saturday drop-in sessions in Grinstead Lane and also raise vital funds through their charity shop.
A barbeque was held to mark volunteer’s week, held at the beginning of June.
Marion Peskett, chair of directors, said: “We wanted to hold a party to thank all of our volunteers for their hard work for the charity.
“Every single one of them gives up their time, either in the shop or at the drop in youth sessions, to help local young people and we are very proud of them all.”
Young people at the charity also voiced their appreciation.
Eden Rance said “We love the volunteers, they are really nice, kind and helpful and when we have a problem, they cheer us up.
“Our volunteers listen to us and support us.”
Many of the volunteers find the experience to be rewarding.
Min Deacon volunteers the charity’s Saturday sessions, which involve anything from sports and music to crafts and cooking.
She said: ”I think a lot of people have a very negative view of young people in our community which is very sad and often unfair.
“Volunteering for ESY has helped me to understand the kind of issues that young people face growing up in today’s society and I am so pleased that I can make a difference.
“The kids are such a friendly bunch of young people from very different backgrounds and they all get on really well.
“I am so proud to be part of ESY and I would definitely recommend volunteering for ESY to anyone.”
To find out more about the opportunities with Electric Storm Youth, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07963 914 613.