Bideford youth project helps older people, too

YOUNG people are setting up a new project in Bideford that will help them to help others as well as themselves. The SWITCH Youth Action Team has moved into new premises in the town s High Street, in which they plan to run a youth enterprise scheme and a o

YOUNG people are setting up a new project in Bideford that will help them to help others as well as themselves.

The SWITCH Youth Action Team has moved into new premises in the town's High Street, in which they plan to run a youth enterprise scheme and a one-stop volunteer shop.

SWITCH is a group of young people aged 16-25 who volunteer within their community.

They meet in Bideford and plan their own projects, with an aim to improve their community and help promote the positive image of young people locally. They encourage any 16-25 year olds to volunteer and give their time to benefit someone else.


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SWITCH is supported by Young Devon and the Devon & Torbay vInvolved team, supporting young people to volunteer as well as gain new experiences, skills and qualifications.

They are kicking off activities in their new home at the former Harbour Leisure shop in Bideford with a bring-and-buy sale from 10am to 4pm on Saturday to raise funds to help support the older community across the West Country.

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The team is asking anyone who might have unwanted Christmas presents not to leave them home in the cupboard, but to give that unwanted gift a new life and raise money for people who deserve it.

If anyone has any unwanted toys, bric-a-brac, toiletries or clothes please contact SWITCH to arrange deposit or collection. Electrical or perishable items cannot be accepted. Anyone aged 16-25 who would like to help out with organising or running the sale should also make contact. They could gain a nationally recognised "v" award for this help. Contact Amy Sands or Julie Whitton at the Wings Hall in Lower Meddon Street, Bideford (01237) 459533.

Money raised by the team on Saturday will be doubled by the Devon Community Foundation.

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