A BIG-HEARTED bobbie joined forces with a group of teenagers to serve up a festive treat for pensioners in Stourbridge.

PC Paul Davies − the Young Persons Officer at Dudley Police − and young waiting staff dished up a traditional Christmas dinner to around 65 elderly people at Age Concern Stourbridge & Halesowen's Elton Centre in St John’s Road, Stourbridge.

The kind-hearted cop has helped out in the Christmas kitchen for the last three years along with 13- to 16-year-olds, who have enrolled on his Think First programme which aims to steer youngsters away from trouble and anti-social behaviour.

More than 50 students from schools across the Dudley borough have attended the voluntary five-day course this year which includes community activities and workshops.

PC Davies said: “Volunteering is essential on young people’s CVs: it provides important life skills and can be their unique selling point to potential employers or places of further education. But it’s also hugely satisfying to commit your time to helping others in the community.

“This kind of neighbourhood work is all part and parcel of being a police officer; it’s not all about going after the bad guys at Christmas and keeping people safe. And at Christmas I think it’s especially important that police officers do their bit in the community."

Dionne Legge, chief officer at Age Concern Stourbridge & Halesowen, said: “We’d struggle to put on this Christmas event without the extra pairs of hands so we’re really grateful. The children are always helpful, polite and our members love having them around…they are a real credit to Paul and his police programme."

The charity is currently seeking volunteers and people to join its board of trustees.

Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Dionne on 01384 390065 or email dionnelegge@acstourbridge.plus.com.