Thirteen Young Leaders from Holy Trinity School, Barnsley last week volunteered to work with a Christian charity in Romania as part of completing their Archbishop of York's Young Leaders Award.
During the week, the students carried out basic building work to lay out concrete paths for better access and to improve drainage for a family who benefit from being on Cry in the Dark’s community Hospice programme.
They helped to run day-care activities at Hospice Casa Albert and also worked at Casa Lumina, Cry in the Dark’s residential home for vulnerable adults with special needs .The students also visited Hospice patients in the local community accompanied by Cry in the Dark staff.
Steve Cooper, CEO of Cry in the Dark, said;
“It's been fantastic having the young people here from Holy Trinity, Barnsley. As a charity, we reach out to people who are marginalised by sickness, poverty, race, creed or culture. Our volunteer trips are a key part of our work and it's always great to see young people grow in spiritual and personal development as they serve others”.
Jenny Baldwin, a Young Leader said:
“This trip has been an amazing experience that has opened my eyes to how fortunate I am compared to many people who live in appalling conditions only a few hours away from our doorsteps. I have also learnt that simple provisions can make a world of difference for some people”.
Lissa Oldcorn, Deputy Head of Holy Trinity School who went with the students in the trip said:
“I'm delighted that our students have been able to take part in this trip and I'm proud of the way they have worked together to serve others and make a difference. I know this trip has also had a very positive impact on their lives, helping them learn more about themselves and gain a much bigger perspective on the world around them”.
The Young Leaders Award is designed to develop leadership skills and encourages students to make a difference for others. The international module is optional.
Cry in the Dark run two hospices in Romania for children and adults suffering from sickness and disability. Their vision is to put Christian love and compassion into action by reaching out to children and young people of any race, creed or faith who are marginalised by poverty, sickness or disability.