Tayla helping Rakaia community

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Tayla Davidson promoting the installation of smoke alarms with Rakaia Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Tyrone Burrowes (left) and deputy chief fire officer Fred Clarkson.

Rakaia teenager Tayla Davidson has started her Duke of Edinburgh award journey and is focused on voluntary service and support in her community.

She has launched a community service that promotes helping people, offers advice and acts as a listening friend.

If she can’t help people directly Tayla will call on community leaders for advice.

“Over time I hope to form a small group of team mates who can help me grow Big Sister,” Tayla said.

She had already spoken to Dorothy Knight from the Rakaia Friendship Club and had outlined her goals and thoughts and Mrs Knight had agreed to be her mentor.

Tayla said she intended talking to people, being a friend and running errands for those who needed help, such as the elderly.

Her first community project is raising awareness of the need for smoke alarms.

Tayla is working with the Rakaia Volunteer Fire Brigade to offer a 10-year battery life alarm installed for $25.