Teenagers volunteer with Eddie’s art project in March

Teenagers volunteer with Eddie’s art project in March. PHOTO: Ben Jolley.

Teenagers volunteer with Eddie’s art project in March. PHOTO: Ben Jolley. - Credit: Archant

Teenagers got creative when they volunteered to help a special needs community art group with a project to help raise awareness of their work.

A team of 12 young people on the National Community Service project joined students at Eddie’s in March to create an art mural using recycled bottle tops.

Deb Matthysz, art tutor at the High Street centre, said: “They came in and asked if there was anything they could help us with and we knew immediately this was an ideal task.

“We’ve been collection bottle tops for some time and just haven’t had the time or resources to get started so we are so grateful for their help with it.

“The aim is to create a free standing mural that can be displayed in the window of our premises here but can then be taken out in to the community to show people the great work done here.”

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One of the section of the bottle top mural includes the Eddie’s logo.

The board was donated by Ridgeons in March, which was sanded and painted before the colourful design was created.

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• The NCS scheme brings together 15 to 17 year olds from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and


The project encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication.

At the end of the project they volunteer to develop a social action project to deal with a local issue they are passionate about. This includes up to 30 hours of volunteering in their community.

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