The Cottingley Youth Project (CYP) hosted a team of young people from churches across Leeds on Saturday for the Leeds Youth Cell Network’s (LYCN) Demonstrate Day.
The young people came to share the message of hope and love central to their Christian faith on two projects during the day: the Cottingley Summer Fair and litter picking. Streets were cleaned with great enthusiasm, with 30 bags filled with rubbish. LYCN also brought games, face paints and an art project to the Cottingley Summer Fair, which were all ran by the young people, adding to an already great day with the Cottingley Community.
Whilst rain kept the bouncy castle in its own inflatable dungeon, it was not able to ruin a great day.
“It was great to see young people from all over Leeds working together to serve the community of Cottingley. Local residents seemed genuinely encouraged by young people taking time out to make a positive difference in the area.” said Ben Cordy, LYCN youth worker.
One local young person’s attitude changed through this day. He got involved with the litter picking, seeing the value of contributing to his local community without needing a direct reward for his efforts.
We were very excited to welcome LYCN to the estate, and to be able to join in with the Cottingley summer fair. I loved seeing young people connect with local residents, bringing their enthusiasm to both the fair and the litter picking. A big thank you to all involved!
This article was written by Ali Gilfillan using our Community Reporters website