Deepings teenagers help their community through the National Citizen Service

Teenagers on the National Citizenship Service scheme volunteering to clean up the garden at Caterpillar Nursery, Deeping St James. '''Back, from left, mentor Anna Howlett, Holly Shakeshaft, Romy Howlett, Kate Station, Leanne Batts, Lucy Evered, Stephanie Wilkinson. Front, from left, Mark Insley, Gabriel Howlett, Holly Station, Connor Morrison
Teenagers on the National Citizenship Service scheme volunteering to clean up the garden at Caterpillar Nursery, Deeping St James. '''Back, from left, mentor Anna Howlett, Holly Shakeshaft, Romy Howlett, Kate Station, Leanne Batts, Lucy Evered, Stephanie Wilkinson. Front, from left, Mark Insley, Gabriel Howlett, Holly Station, Connor Morrison
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TEENAGERS have given up their time to help out on a variety of projects in their community.

A group of nine 16 and 17-year-olds from the Deepings have been volunteering this week as part of the National Citizen Service.

On Monday they tidied up the garden and painted fences at the Caterpillar Day Nursery in Bridge Street, Deeping St James. Yesterday (Tuesday) the group were picking up litter outside Tesco in Godsey Lane, Market Deeping.

Today they sold homemade sweets at the market in the Rainbow car park and raised about £50 for deafblind charity Sense. Tomorrow they will be working in the garden of the Boundary Club in Bridge Street, Deeping St James. And on Friday they will be sorting the junior books at the Deepings Library.

Mentor Anna Howlett said: “The week is going brilliantly. The kids are loving it, they have been really enthusiastic and are having a great time.

“The projects they were offered initially weren’t in the Deepings so they decided to find things in the community.

“We have had a lot of people stopping and asking about the scheme so we are raising the profile.

“The nursery staff were really pleased and grateful for the help we could give them.”