Orphans benefit from volunteers’ work

PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 November 2013

The volunteers in Bulgaria

The volunteers in Bulgaria


CHILDREN at an orphanage in Bulgaria are now living in better conditions thanks to a group of volunteers from Clevedon.

Ten young adults were taken to the town of Berkovitsa during a two-week trip organised by Simon Flett, who works for the Christian supported housing facility in Clevedon called Andrew House and also has links with the town’s YMCA.

The participants, aged 19-30, included those recovering from addiction and the unemployed.

They refurbished the orphanage while also interacting with the children and carrying out a host of written work, all contributing to them achieving a City and Guilds qualification.

This is the third such expedition Simon has organised, this time with the help of team leader Simon Johnson who took part in the first trip as a volunteer four years ago, and he believes it has achieved more for the participants each year.

He said: “This project really involves great communication, great team bonding and you learn so much about yourself as a person and learn so much about the world that we live in.

“We were based in one of the poorest parts of Europe and this really opened the eyes of the young adults, some of whom have never left the country before.

“Everyone in the group did them self so proud as the love and energy they showed towards the children was amazing.”

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