A young man who overcome a troubled past is to travel thousands of miles to help tackle poverty in part of Africa.
Graeme Warren, from North Shields, is travelling to Ghana next month to spend three months volunteering with International Citizen Service (ICS).
The 21-year-old will work alongside Ghanaian volunteers on a project to help people with disabilities develop their own businesses and become independent.
Graeme applied for ICS as part of his efforts to move on from a troubled past. He had been using legal highs for a number of years, and had lost contact with his family as a result.
Despite this, Graeme decided to turn his life around and has left that life behind.
Graeme said: “When I applied for ICS I was at a bit of a low point, and I was feeling quite depressed.
“I’ve got a bit of a troubled past and I realised this would be a chance for me to make a big change while helping others. I’ve always felt the desire to help those who can’t help themselves, but I’ve never done anything about it before. I decided I had to change that, and ICS is the perfect way to do it.
“The whole experience has been great so far, I’ve loved every minute.”
Graeme must raise £800 for International Service and is organising a fundraising karaoke night at the Robin Hood pub on Murton Lane, North Shields, on Saturday, where there will also be a raffle.
To sponsor Graeme visit www.justgiving.com/Graeme-Asiamah
ICS allows young people aged 18 to 25 to contribute to sustainable development projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
ICS is funded by the UK Government, and it does not cost volunteers anything to take part.
To find out more about ICS or to apply, visit www.volunteerics.org/volunteer-ivo