Military help youth hub

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Military personnel from Chicksands Camp have started a project to renovate Flitwick Youth Hub.

When work in Flitwick to convert a former public toilet into a youth hub had stalled due to a lack of manpower, Squadron Leader Keith Dear put out a call for volunteers.

His appeal saw Chicksands military personnel respond quickly with around 30 volunteers who swapped camouflage for overalls to tile, plaster and paint the hub.

The soldiers were joined by a number of people completing their ‘unpaid work sentences’ known as Community Payback via the Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Community Rehabilitation Company.

Squadron Leader Dear said: “I would like to praise the exceptional work Captain Lindsay Ward did in pulling the team together.

“One of the most pleasing aspects was seeing the community service team and our guys working together on a common cause in doing something positive for the local community.”

Neil Moloney, chief executive of BeNCH CRC said: “This project allows individuals serving community sentences to make a positive contribution to society. There is a real sense of community spirit, with people from all walks of life coming together to serve a common cause.

“It has been and continues to be a pleasure working with Chicksands military personnel who provide real inspiration to our service users.”

Staff Sergeant Jon Winfield from Chicksands said: “This project has been a great opportunity to support the local community and the lads have really enjoyed working with both the youth hub and the community service team.”

Carol Carter, Flitwick Town Council clerk said: “The council is grateful for the military personnel and the Commmunity Payback in helping to achieve this much needed facility. The council has limited funds and their help has brought us nearer to completing this project.”

An Army spokesman said: “Military personnel understand the importance of a stable upbringing and a youth hub can play a key part in this. It can also benefit parents as they can feel more secure knowingtheir children are happy, safe and enjoying themselves.”

Jewsons in Flitwick kindly supplied all building materials to help make the project a success.