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Thomas Gainsborough School students support Assington farm as part of social development scheme


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


A group of teenagers have been developing their skills, while supporting a charity on its latest project as part of a voluntary and social development programme.

Students from Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard took part in various challenges and team-building exercises during a four-week scheme run by the National Citizen Service.

Last week, the group volunteered at a new care farm in Assington.

Friends Community Farm. Assington. A group of teenagers are volunteering at a care farm run by the Befriending Scheme charity..The group project is part of the national citizenship service programme pictured here with Ashley Richardson farm leader... Picture by Mark Westley. (14520650)
Friends Community Farm. Assington. A group of teenagers are volunteering at a care farm run by the Befriending Scheme charity..The group project is part of the national citizenship service programme pictured here with Ashley Richardson farm leader... Picture by Mark Westley. (14520650)

Developed by The Befriending Scheme, the site will enable users to gain knowledge of looking after animals and growing their own food.

Team leader Jessica Griggs praised the social skills gained from taking part in the programme.

“Some people felt it hard to talk to others but the project allowed them to come out of their shell,” said the 16-year-old from Boxford. “We have supported each other and have got closer while working together.”

After drawing up a list of projects to work on, the youngsters decided to focus on constructing a pond.

They also created a gravel path to make the site accessible for wheelchair users.



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