A charity youth worker has found a novel way to engage with teenagers during lockdown.

Steve Dewar is the team leader for Wiltshire Youth for Christ.

The youth work organisation has been hard at work throughout 2020 supporting young people in schools, summer Pop Up Youth Café events, detached youth work and online resources. With another lockdown taking place, Steve is keen to inspire and equip local teenagers with a new hobby that could help them develop skills and manage their emotional and mental health.

He has previously used model making in Potterne Youth Club and schools project settings but now looking to continue this for young people where they are - at home.

Using some of his own kits and donations from other modellers, he has a selection of cars, boats, bikes and planes.

Steve is hoping to distribute more starter kits such as the RAF Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft from WW2 that will also include paint and glue so that that no additional financial burdens are put on families.

He said: “During this challenging time we need to look at how we conduct ourselves and use our time wisely, recognising the impact we have on others.

“We are role models for a younger generation and should look for ways to build them up to deal with challenges through patience, resilience and the developing the right skills.”

Steve has already given kits to young people in Devizes, Trowbridge and other villages in the area.

If you would like to help donate some models or help towards more kits then please contact Steve via email steve@wiltshireyfc.org.uk or call 07340930845 or via the Wiltshire YFC Facebook page.

If you are a family with a teenager who would like to try a model kit then please get in touch and Wiltshire YFC