‘Life changing’ trip for young people

A team of teenagers from the Mirfield Community Centre are going to India to volunteer at a school for kids with disabilities. They will be taking art supplies and spports equipment with them for the school. Mirfield Community Centre manager, Teresa O'Gorman with some of the equipment being taken. (d03021148)
A team of teenagers from the Mirfield Community Centre are going to India to volunteer at a school for kids with disabilities. They will be taking art supplies and spports equipment with them for the school. Mirfield Community Centre manager, Teresa O'Gorman with some of the equipment being taken. (d03021148)
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A GROUP of teenagers is embarking on a voyage to volunteer at Indian schools for pupils with disabilities.

The 15 young people aged between 15 and 17 have been selected from applicants from Castle Hall School, Mirfield Free Grammar School, Mirfield Community Trust and Kirklees Council’s young people’s service mobile unit, to go to the Mamta Mindhir Schools at Navsari and Sapatura in the Gujarat region of India.

The project, called Insight, aims to deliver arts, sports and music to the schools. And in return the Mirfield young people hope to gain an appreciation of cultural and social differences.

The group will be accompanied by a team of five voluntary leaders, and the team and young volunteers have been working to raise the £16,000 needed to pay for the project themselves.

Project leader Bev Cheetham said: “The young people will be working on a sensory garden there which another group previously installed, and bringing it up to speed. We got the group together last June and we had been originally planning to go this October but the school is shut for Diwali. It was a rush to get ready for February.”

Ms Cheetham said fundraising events the group had done included supermarket bag packing, a race night and a ceilidh, and members had helped at the Round Table bonfire at Mirfield Showground.

She said: “The group has done lots of things and parents have been helping out doing bun sales at work. UK Greetings cards has done an auction of unwanted Christmas gifts.

“Everyone has worked really hard.”

The group, which is made up of young people from across Kirklees who have a link to Mirfield, set off on Wednesday and is due back next Sunday.