A significant part of the Team programme, which is a 12 week course that helps young people aged 16 to 25 to develop their confidence and skills, involves organising and fundraising for a community support project.

The team members were determined to help their community while also observing the latest government guidance. Together they created a poster and put it in key locations, advertising their support for those who are self-isolating or affected by Covid-19, and offered to pick-up shopping, post mail, collect urgent supplies and take dogs for walks.

It didn’t take long for the residents of Bradford to call, including a local food bank that welcomed the young people to put together food parcels to help families in need and also a church, where the young people gave out food to those who were either elderly or homeless.

Luke Senior, one of the participants on Brathay Trust’s Bradford Team, said:

Helping people during this difficult time has helped us too and we’ve had great feedback from the activities we have taken part in. It’s a nice feeling to know that we are helping to make a change for people that might be alone or don’t have access to the food they need.

The safety of the young people and those they were supporting was very important and the Team participants ensured they followed current government guidelines.

Kamran Zulffkar, Team Leader at Bradford’s Brathay Team programme, said: “The Team programme is all about young people working together to learn new skills and meet new people. The great thing about this community project is that they have also been able to help so many others. They should be very proud of everything they have achieved.”