Young Darwen Volunteers
Asking young people to volunteer to help restore Darwen Cemetery may have been seen by some as a "DEAD LOSS".
However as usual we underestimate the talents, skills and willingness of young people to help a worthy cause. The FODC were asked to take part in an initiative to present the opportunity of becoming young volunteer at the cemetery to Years. 7, 8 and 9 at the newly opened Darwen Aldridge Community Academy.
In a programme organised by the DACA and Blackburn with Darwen CVS we pitched our project and around a dozen young people signed up.
Gaining these young people in an inter-generational project proves that both young and old can work collectively for the common good.
Many of the youngsters will be joining the "Adopt a Grave" scheme and others will be part of the regular working party on a Saturday. So look out for these eager and enthusiastic volunteers - and give them every support and encouragement.
FODC have already established a link with DACA through Adam Turner, Head of Humanities who is a member of the FODC Management team. It is good to know that these community links will benefit everybody and we thank Blackburn with Darwen CVS and DACA for funding and encouraging the project.
Some of the students of DACA with Diane after tending to the war grave of Private J. Sharples in Section H which DACA have adopted together with the grave of Rifleman Alfred Leach which is also in Section H
FODC October 2010