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Banbury teenagers celebrate Christmas with the Royal Voluntary Service

16 December 2014
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Members of the Bretch Hill’s Youth Action Team have been sharing Christmas cheer with Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), thanks to funding from Sanctuary Housing.

Christmas lunch with RVS

Banbury youngsters have been busy rocking around the Christmas tree with older residents by getting stuck into festive-themed arts and crafts, singing carol classics and sampling a tasty turkey lunch.

Prior to the festivities, the Youth Action Team supported the annual Christmas event by transforming into Santa’s elves and making homemade hats, decorations, cards and accessories for members of RVS to enjoy.

Zaylie-Dawn Wilson, youth arts programme manager at OYAP added: “It was a fantastic way for younger and older people to get together in a relaxed, creative and fun environment and the feedback we’ve received has been fantastic.

“We are all really grateful for Sanctuary’s support as it has enabled our members to continue their motto of young people inspiring creative change locally.”

About Bretch Hill’s Youth Action Team

Running for over a year, Bretch Hill’s Youth Action Team, supported by Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership (OYAP) Trust, brings together young people aged between 11 and 20 to learn and develop confidence in a bid to change negative perceptions about young people.

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Graham Nolan, Sanctuary’s head of neighbourhood partnerships, said: “The Christmas party was a great success and it’s rewarding to see how Sanctuary’s support enables local young people to engage with their community and other residents in such a positive way.”


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