Catford youths create school conservation area

a community outreach programme, Primary school, rely on volunteers, support and comfort,

Monday, 18 July 2016

The youngsters of Holbeach Primary School, Catford can now have open-air conservation lessons thanks to the good work of the local branch of the Victory Youth Group (VYG).

As the school does not have a suitable space for outside educational studies on site, the youths took time out from their normal weekend activities to clear an area in Ladywell Fields park, Lewisham, for the purpose.

In effect this formalised a long-standing arrangement as the school had been coming to Ladywell Fields for years. But with no funding for such things, the only way to create a special space where the children could study was to rely on volunteers.

The project was arranged through Jordan Ihama, Waterlink Way Project Officer at Lewisham Council, and was completed on Saturday 16 July. A group of around 14 youths from Catford VYG dedicated a total of some 35 hours between them, to cleaning up the immediate area, trimming the fenced area, making a path, and tidying the teaching area.

As one of the volunteers, Mayowa Akinduro, put it, the work involved making a little seating area. “We’ve cleaned all the grass and logs then put down some wood chip and replaced the logs.”

The project formed part of the VYG’s annual ‘We Care! – Youth Engagement’ initiative, which is a community outreach programme delivered by the youth arm of the UCKG HelpCentre.

The way ‘We Care! – Youth Engagement’ is set up, is that the UCKG, a charity and Pentecostal church, approaches local authorities or others everywhere it has established HelpCentres. Arrangements are made for teams of youths from its local VYG branches to undertake tasks of benefit to the wider community, with the aim of making a positive difference.


Notes to editors

UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort and welcomes all-comers. It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith. There are UCKG HelpCentre branches in England and Wales. VYG is the youth arm of the UCKG HelpCentre, and works to help young people develop their full potential. VYG started in the UK in 1996 and has been growing steadily ever since. Over 1,300 young people attend VYG meetings every week, sharing sessions that include practical teaching, fun and spiritual development.

For further information please contact the UCKG HelpCentre Press

Officer via e-mail on or direct line 020 7686 6033.

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