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Ilford teenagers help community vision impaired group

PUBLISHED: 11:30 02 October 2015

Ilford teenagers preparing a lunch for members of ActivEyes Redbridge. Picture Angela Bagot/NCS

Ilford teenagers preparing a lunch for members of ActivEyes Redbridge. Picture Angela Bagot/NCS

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Youngsters from Ilford volunteered their time to organise an activity day for people with vision impairment.

Members from ActivEyes Redbridge and Ilford teenagers enjoying am activity. Picture Angela Bagot/NCSMembers from ActivEyes Redbridge and Ilford teenagers enjoying am activity. Picture Angela Bagot/NCS

National Citizen Service approached East London Vision, an organisation which helps people from the area affected by sight loss, to offer young people the opportunity to get involved with community activities.

Operations manager for East London Vision, Masuma Ali, said the event, last week, showed there were many friendly and helpful teenagers and that not all stories about youths were bad.

She said: “The day went really well, we had 12 members from ActivEyes that attended and 10 young people.”

ActivEyes Redbridge is a user-led organisation for blind and partially sighted people.

Members from ActivEyes Redbridge enjoying a lunch prepared by Ilford teenagers. Picture Angela Bagot/NCSMembers from ActivEyes Redbridge enjoying a lunch prepared by Ilford teenagers. Picture Angela Bagot/NCS

Some teenagers arrived around 11am to prepare sandwiches while others decided played games and activities.

After lunch the group played Chinese whispers and one of the teenagers showed off his musical talent.

Masuma said: “One of the young people, Farhaan, could sing so he free styled a rap breaking down the barriers around vision impairment. It was great, he made it up from the top of his head.”

Membership of ActivEyes Redbridge is free to anyone living in or near to the borough.

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