Angels in Action: The Driffield Show

30 young people descended on today to help the organisers of the Driffield Show 2011.  The participants from a team of 40, all aged 16 to 30 took part in what was their second event of their summer with ‘Angels in Action. They entertained visitors queuing at various points on the showground with a European quiz and gave out a wealth of free gifts comprising, t-shirts, shopping bags, stationery items, maps and books.

They also amused the children on site with magic tricks and sneaky stunts they were taught during their training programme. They are attending other major festivals this year including the Hornsea Carnival, Withernsea Carnival, Goole Beach Day and have already successfully delivered a weekend of volunteering at the .

This has all been made possible thanks to the support of the British Council and the Youth in Action Programme in what is the European Commission’s European Year of Volunteering 2011.

In addition to this, they are also promoting the European Voluntary Service (EVS) to all 18 to 30 year olds through which they can volunteer abroad for up to 12 months for free as we now have a Sending Organisation based in the East Riding. The entire project is being covered by a media crew comprising a number of young people who are interested in film and photography as a career.

Angels in Action is a unique European funded project organised and implemented by young people who keen to get involved in exciting opportunities in the community to benefit all concerned.  The idea originated from a citizenship project they were involved in back in 2010 when they worked with a team of young volunteers in Bologna, Italy.

Sue Dudill, Coach and Youth in Action Promoter for , explained, ‘The project has been more popular than we ever dreamt it would be in terms of the interest from young people who want to be part of this team. We are fulfilling a great need in the community in these challenging times and I am incredibly proud of them all.’

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Participant and Team Leader, Phil added, ‘As a qualified youth worker this has been a truly innovative and engaging project to be involved in and I have no doubt it will help me with employability in the future. That aside, it’s been a pleasure to be part of it and so rewarding.’

For more information about this or EVS or Youth in Action email:

This summer’s going to happen – SO LET’S MAKE IT COUNT!

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission and British Council.

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