Tenants from Nelson Close, Sunderland have been working with a local organisation called Catch 22, who through the National Citizen Service (NCS) they work to develop skills in younger people. Their role at Nelson Close was to help tenants with their IT skills, as well as helping organise social activities.

The volunteers developed friendships with many of the tenants and volunteered their services to redevelop the garden at Nelson Close. An afternoon tea party was held along with the planting of a cherry tree decorated in thank you messages from the tenants.

Because of this friendship, tenants from Nelson Close were invited to take part in the visit from HRH The Prince of Wales.

Mrs Doris Atkinson, who has been a tenant at Nelson Close for 7 years met Prince Charles on the day: 'The Prince was very natural and down to Earth, without any airs and graces'. Doris added that she felt very comfortable and relaxed in his company.

The Prince of Wales visited the NCS project in Sunderland as part of his commitment to Step Up To Serve's #iwill campaign that promotes participation in youth social action. HRH met local teenagers who were competing in a Dragon's Den style competition to win funding for their social action project, which aims to tackle issues such as raising awareness and funds for health charities and creating a befriending service for older people in their communities. NCS ambassador and boxing champion Amir Khan was also in attendance.

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