Georgia Broomfield, a Sandon School Sixth Form Student, along with six other team members, spent her summer holidays giving back to Grantham.
Georgia had previously completed a three week course learning new skills and meeting new friends on the National Citizen Service (NCS) Youth Programme.
The group then worked together to create their own social action project at Wyndham Park, using the skills they had developed on the programme. They created a Forest School - a fun learning zone for primary school students to visit, complete with seating made out of wooden logs, a blackboard, flowers, fencing and stepping stones.
Unfortunately, a day after its completion, the Forest School was vandalised with the plants uprooted, fence posts smashed and torn down and the remains of a bonfire left in the middle of the garden area.
Determined not to let the vandals win, Georgia and her team worked together to clean up the site and restore the Forest School, making it even better than it was before. They also worked with South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) to improve the security of the site.
Georgia said, “I really enjoyed NCS because I made friends and had great mentors. I was really disappointed with the vandalism because everyone had worked so hard making the classroom, but it was great to see it finished again and I was so happy to get the cheque from SKDC so that the classroom can keep going.”
Their work at the Forest School has now been officially recognised by SKDC, who presented the team with a cheque at a ceremony on 18th of October 2017. The donation will help ensure that the learning zone can be maintained by the team in future months.