A group of young people from Stockton-on-Tees are doing their bit to help people less fortunate than themselves this Christmas.
Staff and young people from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Youth Direction team have prepared and cooked a three course Christmas dinner for 55 residents of St James’ House.
The feast was served up as part of a Christmas party which took place at Ragworth Neighbourhood Centre yesterday (22 December).
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Ann McCoy, said: “It is fantastic to hear of these young people giving something back to their community and helping make Christmas time a little bit more special for residents who are sadly less fortunate that themselves.”
As well as the Christmas meal the kind-hearted young people also arranged some very special entertainment for the 34 children who attended which included arts and crafts, a magician and Father Christmas who came with a Christmas gift for each child.
Tees Valley Music Service donated a Christmas tree and the youth choir entertained the St James’ House residents with Christmas carols.
Victoria Colman, Home Group support co-ordinator, said: “The people we help are homeless or at risk of homelessness and it means a great deal to them at this time of year to take part in events which bring them together with other people. This event really demonstrated the spirit of Christmas is alive and well.”
St James House provides 20 flats which provide short term accommodation to families who would otherwise be homeless. The service, which is run by Home Group, supports people by providing financial advice, budgeting skills and lifestyle skills such as cooking.