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MP pays tribute to local hero
A volunteering champion who has spent the last 11 months giving up his time to help people in Gloucester has been recognised by Parmjit Dhanda MP for his contribution to young people.
Mike McBride, 21, originally from Spokane, Washington in the USA has inspired over 220 young people aged 16 - 25 years to take up volunteering as part of youth led campaign Agents4Change.
Agents4Change, is a project coordinated by UK volunteering charity CSV with support from Tesco and youth volunteering charity v. It aims to empower young people to take positive action in their communities.
Gloucester MP, Parmjit Dhanda met Mike and Camilla Bassett-Smith (Community Outreach Manager at BBC Gloucestershire), on Friday 13th February at the Gloucester Labour Party offices.
He spoke to Mike about his experiences, and thanked him for the work he has done in the community, before presenting him with a certificate to recognise his achievements.
Highlights of Mike's voluntary work include:
*Organising a campaign where young people took to the streets in 'hoodies' to dispel their negative image and encourage more people to take part in community events.
*Putting on social events including an arts and crafts day for young disabled people in Gloucestershire and their mentors. Mike also helped to sell the craftwork of the group to raise money for charity.
*Helping elderly and vulnerable people keep warm and save on their fuel bills. Mike worked with Gloucester Youth Housing Association to lead 15 young people to create over 30 draught excluders.
*Clearing up the bowling green at Gloucester Park. Along with BBC Gloucestershire and the Gloucester Wildlife Trust, he cleared up rubbish, planted trees, and painted a mural on a former graffiti filled wall, which has since stayed untouched from tagging.
Mike says: "Volunteering in Gloucester has been a fantastic experience. It's like a second home to me now. I feel privileged to have worked with some amazing young people on projects that have really helped to achieve positive change."
last updated: 16/02/2009 at 14:56