YOUNG volunteers are giving wheelchair-users a helping hand by creating a rest point in a popular park.
The group, which is on a Prince’s Trust programme with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, has spent two weeks laying the wheelchair rest point in Hetton Lyons Country Park.
The new area helps visitors to rest while they are in the park.
Shelley Fox, 18, from Ford Estate, is one of those helping to create the feature.
“I have never taken part in community work before or done anything I felt benefitted my community,.
“But I can see the advantages that this work is going to give the users of the park and I think it’s a brilliant way in giving something back.
“Not only has it improved my social skills and confidence, it has been loads of fun.”
The programme aims to help young people get fit for work, with about one in five young people in the UK not in employment, education or training.
Natalie Thornton, assistant team leader for the Prince’s Trust course said: “This shows a perfect example of young people and the benefits they can give back to their own communities.
“This group visited the park and identified how it can help.
“They have all taking part in this huge task with no specific skills for labouring or construction but have completed the task to a high level, all of which looks great on a CV for employers.
“This 12-week course is ideal for anyone who wants to achieve a qualification, gain new skills and needs help moving forward.”
The team is finishing the rest point with a wind break and park information leaflets.
Slabs for the creation were donated by housing company Gentoo.
Those interested in finding out more about the Prince’s Trust Team Programme should text FIRE to 07817 147 435.