Dedicated teenagers from Toot Hill School in Bingham collected second-hand coats and food supplies to give to their local drop-in centre as their contribution to a nationwide day of community volunteering.
Action Day, which took place in April, is an annual event that showcases the lasting impact that young people are having on local communities after completing the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.
The event is organised by NCS, the fastest-growing youth movement in this country for a century.
The students donated their collection of more than 70 coats and dried food aid to the Friary in West Bridgford, which provides support for homeless people and families facing financial hardship.
The young people launched an appeal for clothing and food donations that was circulated around their school.
NCS graduate and A-level student at Toot Hill, Hannah Branson, 17, said: “We wanted to plan a social action project that would help the growing number of homeless people that you see on the streets of Nottingham.
“We were already aware of the work that the Friary undertakes in the city and we felt it was important to try and make a contribution by collecting the coats and food supplies.
“NCS was a great opportunity for me. I really enjoyed the whole programme and my own confidence has increased as a result.
“It was good to work with everyone as a team and have the opportunity to give something back to my local community.”
Seventeen-year-old Lucy Patchett, fellow NCS graduate and pupil at Toot Hill School, added: “Action Day has given us all the chance to continue our NCS journey, helping others at the same time.”
Sam Crawford, chief executive at The Friary, said: “It is fantastic that the NCS graduates have sought to find a very practical and thoughtful way to help with our important work with homeless people and families on limited budgets.
“We were delighted to receive the coats and food, which will be extremely useful.
“Our staff will highlight to our users the effort that has gone into this local donation.”
Action Day is an annual event that showcases the true power of young people as NCS graduates, utilising the skills and experience they gained on the initial NCS programme to continue to make positive changes in their local area.
Charlotte Drewett, NCS graduate manager for Ingeus, said: “The Friary donation was just one of hundreds of social action projects happening across the country to mark Action Day.
“Community volunteering is a core pillar of NCS and it’s great to see so many young people continuing to have a positive impact on the world around them.
“I hope the day encourages other teens to take part in NCS this year so we can continue the great work. “