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York Homeless Teens Help Decorate OAP's House in Acomb

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6:41pm 29th October 2014

Homeless teenagers have decorated the home a housebound pensioner as part of a new volunteer project in York.

89 year old Nora Blake's house in Acomb was the first to be improved as part of the project which involved homeless charity SASH, Homebase and the city council.

Nora tells Minster FM she's loved having all the volunteers helping her do up the house.

Volunteers Josh, Zoe and Luke say it's been great for them too.


Gary Hogg, Young Persons Coordinator at SASH, said: “We think there is a lot to be gained by bringing both generations together. We believe that our young people can learn a lot by engaging with their local community, both by acquiring specific skills and also by getting involved in helping others. The lady we are doing the work for is over the moon to be involved with the project and can’t wait to meet the young people.”

Tracey Simpson-Laing, Cabinet Member for Homes and Safer Communities, said: “This is a brilliant initiative that has come out of our work to help older people with their housing options and our work to prevent homelessness by supporting young, more vulnerable people into sustainable tenancies. The idea of cross generational skill sharing means that everyone’s a winner and everyone has something to gain and something to offer. It’s also a way of combating isolation and getting useful jobs done.”

For more information on the Enable project - contact SASH on 01904 652043

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