High five taking to the skies to raise cash for a homeless charity

High five taking to the skies to raise cash for a homeless charity

High five taking to the skies to raise cash for a homeless charity

First published in Local Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

HOMELESS and unemployed young people from Kidderminster and Bromsgrove are taking to the skies for charity.

Five young people are going to jump out of a plane and skydive from 15,000ft to raise money for homeless group St Basils.

Nicknamed the high five, those taking part are all aged between 19 and 22 and have been homeless at some point in their lives.

They are all members of a national project called vInspired Talent, which is managed locally by Worcestershire Council for Voluntary Youth Services.

The project works towards getting unemployed young people into work experience placements, provides them with employment-related training and also includes designing and delivering a social action project.

The decision to take part in the skydive on Thursday, August 14, came from the members of the project, as they wanted to help other homeless young people in the area who use St Basils.

Vanessa Teall, 21, said: “We chose skydiving because we wanted to do something exhilarating and out of the ordinary that would draw attention to the position of homeless people.

“We have been lucky to be involved with vInspired and we want to use this opportunity to show even if you are unemployed you still have thoughts for others.”

St Basils have been running its services in Kidderminster since 2009. The service provides emergency and long-term support and accommodation for young people and young families.

Young people can stay with St Basils for up to two years and in that time charity staff work to raise their aspirations to improve their wellbeing and ensure they have the skills to move on and become independent.

For more information, or to donate to the group, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/High-Five

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