Youths sleep rough to raise slum awareness

Members of Massive youth group in Duffield are preparing for their trip to Ghana.
Members of Massive youth group in Duffield are preparing for their trip to Ghana.

Teenagers from a Duffield youth group spent the night sleeping outside to raise awareness of conditions in African slums.

The group, made up of young people from ‘Massive’ youth group, is travelling to Ghana in August to work with children, teenagers and to help with local building projects.

17 young people recently spent the night camped out in the grounds of Duffield Baptist Church.

Massive first opened in 2009 in response to the lack of youth facilities in the village being identified by the Parish Council and is hosted at Emmanuel Christian Centre.

Every two years they take a group of young people to volunteer in Ghana and develop new skills and confidence.

In previous years they have helped build medical centres and church buildings, lead youth conferences, run children’s holiday clubs and enjoyed being a part of an entirely different culture.

Will Leech, Project Manager at Massive, said: “Every two years we take a group of young people to Ghana to take part in voluntary activities in the rural villages.

“These communities often lack many of the modern conveniences we take for granted in the United Kingdom and so there are plenty of opportunities for us to help improve the quality of life.

“The young people get so much out of the trip too, it helps them learn new skills, deepen friendships and develop their confidence at a crucial time in their lives.”

Pauline Latham OBE, MP for Mid-Derbyshire, visited the project recently and praised the group.

She said: “Massive provides an incredibly important opportunity for local young people to socialise and unwind once a week.”