A Chester woman is holding a coffee morning on Saturday to support a project that tackles poverty in India.Vicky Shearn, 31, will host the event at Waverton Evangelical Church on November 8 from 10-am-noon. She will travel to India next January to work on the development programme for six months where she will team up with Indian volunteers to tackle some of the problems facing the community, after getting a place on the government funded International Citizen Service (ICS).

The scheme offers young people the chance to develop personally and learn about team working and leadership on projects that are of genuine value to communities around the world. On return to the UK, ICS volunteers undertake an Action at Home Project, ensuring that their new skills also benefit their local communities.

Vicky Shearn, 31, who will be travelling to India next January to work on a development programme for six months with the International Citizen Service

Vicky said: “My coffee morning is a way of making sure developing countries can continue to benefit from the work of future volunteers, so it’s vital I reach my target. I’ve been practicing baking and learning new recipes for my coffee morning and I’m hoping everyone will give generously as a result of my effort.

“The project I’m working on is run by the development charity, Raleigh International and aims to drive sustainable development through inspiring young people to be the agents of change. This is a unique opportunity to work alongside people from a different culture who have requested help from young volunteers to fight poverty and make a difference where it’s needed most. I’m really excited to get out there.”

To sponsor Vicky visit virginmoneygiving.com/VickyShearn. To find out more about ICS or to apply, visit www.volunteerics.org or call 0208 780 7400.