For the fifth year running Parkfield provided festive cheer for young people who may not have the same opportunities as other young people during this festive period.

The event, which was organised by Torbay Youth Service and Torbay Young Carers Service, was held at Parkfield Youth Centre and provided approx 100 young people aged 8 to 17 an evening of festive fun on Thursday 22 December. A Christmas buffet dinner was prepared and served to the young people by the young leaders, youth workers and staff who are based at the centre.

The Ocean Youth Radio group broadcasted live from the party, which also had creative arts and crafts being delivered by the Imagine multicultural group, as well as a Smooth Space Artist. There were activities, music workshops and party games using the mats kindly loaned from the South Devon Gymnastics Club.

Councillor Julien Parrott, Executive Lead for Adults and Children, said: "For these young people, this could have been the only opportunity for them to have a Christmas meal due to their parents not being in a position to provide or cook for them. The staff from Parkfield, and those who support the young carers are great positive role models for these young people and events like this help to show them they are not alone and people are here to help and support them. This event would not have been possible without the very generous donations being provided by local businesses and organisations. Thank you to everyone for making this event happen for a fifth year.”

Many thanks go to Tesco’s, Morrisons, Trago Mills, Sainsburys, WEMCo, JE Electrical Contractors and Newton Car Sales Ltd for their donations and helping to make this event a success.

To hear a recording of the live broadcast provided by the Ocean Youth Radio Group, supported by Sound Communities, tune into www.oceanyouth.co.uk.


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