Teenagers unite to get things done!

Stamford Community Youth Team members Abigail Overend, Ben Nettleton, Ryan Atkinson and Connor Rawnsley help the Royal British Legion with the Poppy Appeal

Stamford Community Youth Team members Abigail Overend, Ben Nettleton, Ryan Atkinson and Connor Rawnsley help the Royal British Legion with the Poppy Appeal

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A NEW youth group has been formed to help get things done around the town.

The Stamford Community Youth Team held its first meeting last month. Its first order of business was to help the Royal British Legion collect for its Poppy Appeal on Remembrance Sunday.

The group currently has just five members, who have been carefully picked as leaders by founder Darren Rawnsley.

But they are now looking to take on youngsters aged 10 to 18 to help out others in the town.

Darren, 51, who also directs Ink Contemporary Youth Theatre, said: “It’s about getting a group of kids together from Stamford and the neighbouring villages and doing things for the community. We will do anything people need help with.”

The group meets once a month at the community room in Clare Close, Stamford. Darren got the idea after joining the Royal British Legion and hopes to merge the group with the legion in the future.

He added: “I noticed there were no young people involved. Everyone thinks the legion is a bunch of old men who collect once a year for the Poppy Appeal. That is incorrect.

“I became the youth and schools member and started to put the idea for the team together.

“I thought we needed a youth club that can belong to the legion and get them some publicity.”

The five members have been planning activities and their next task is to hand out leaflets around Stamford looking for members.

They are also hoping people will come forward with jobs the team can help with.

Darren said: “The response has been really good, they can’t wait for the next meeting.

“Because we are allowed to use the community rooms at Clare Close we are going to start there.

“It is not a big commitment and I want the youth to run it eventually. I want them to take a lead and start organising things.”

To join the team or if you have a job in Stamford you need help with, call Darren on 01780 755488 or 07806 228494, or e-mail dazza_coolman@btinernet.com.