Youngsters to pitch ideas for new projects

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Young volunteers are preparing to enter a den to secure support for their idea.

The young people will pitch their ideas for social action projects in a Dragon’s Den-style presentation, with members of the public, local businesses and voluntary and community residents voting for their favourite idea.

Having heard some of the brilliant ideas the teams have come up, I’m really looking forward to seeing which ones will capture the public’s imagination

Helen Wilson

The presentation for the 16 and 17-year-olds will take place on Friday, July 24, and Friday, August 14, at The Men in Wallsend, as part of VODA’s National Citizen Service (NCS).

The events will be hosted by former NCS graduate Helen Wilson, 19, who said: “The young people will get ten minutes to pitch their idea to the audience.

“The audience will have one vote each and the grants will be awarded based on which projects receive the most votes.

“Having heard some of the brilliant ideas the teams have come up with, I’m really looking forward to seeing which ones will capture the public’s imagination.”

Robin Fry, VODA’s volunteer centre manager, said: “We thought this would be a great way to get the community involved and have a say in the projects they think would make the most difference.”

“It also introduces a competitive edge, which will make it more interesting for the young people taking part.

“Previous projects carried out include the creation of a sensory garden at Beacon Hill School and the delivery of a programme of activities at an Age UK Centre in North Tyneside – all things which make a positive impact to local people.”