School might be out for summer, but that hasn’t stopped a group of 12 young people working hard to raise awareness for Rosa Morison this week.

The young people were from a range of schools across Barnet who chose Rosa Morison for their ‘summer’ project as part of the National Citizen Service programme for 16 -17 year olds.

The work the young people had to do for their ‘summer challenge’ included pitching ideas to raise awareness for the Rosa Morison centre to a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel.

Zahra of Henrietta Barnet School, said she found taking part in the challenge had been a real boost to her confidence: “I had finished my GCCEs and I wanted to make some new friends from outside of the ones I already have from school. The 3 weeks I have spent with my challenge team has been really intense and you have to get on with things really quickly.”

Zahra continues: I have a relative with disabilities, so I understand how small things can really make a difference.”

The service users of Rosa Morison were certainly excited to welcome the 12 students into the centre and even joined them outside while they were planting the flowers outside.

Richard Buckman, manager of Rosa Morison said: “We met with the 12 students last Thursday to discuss what we would like them to help us with. We all agreed to buy plants for the front of the centre to make the entrance look more inviting.

Over the past week they went off and raised funds to buy plants, then  they came this morning to help service users and staff put the flowers in the plant  boxes and in the car park area. This was then followed by a BBQ and entertainment which we all enjoyed. A great day was had by all and we are pleased to say that the weather was on our side and did not spoil the event!”