Hertmere’s young people contribute over £2000 to local community

07 August 2015

Young people from the Hertsmere area have been learning new skills while giving something back to their communities during the summer holidays – and raised over £2000 for local charities

Youth Connexions has supported 48 young people from Borehamwood, Bushey, Potters Bar and Radlett to take part in the National Citizen Service (NCS).

The four-week programme saw the young people choose a worthwhile community cause, plan and budget for the project, raise funds and carry out the work. As well as learning how to successfully manage a community project, the young people took part in team building exercises, which included mountain biking, quad biking, bridge building and rock climbing; these developed their communication, trust, listening and leadership skills. They also gained qualifications and skills in first-aid and sign language.

The Hertsmere team worked in four groups to develop their ideas for their social action projects.

Team 1 decided to raise awareness among young people about the dangers of smoking. They created a hard hitting video showing the life threatening dangers of smoking and have designed a leaflet that they intend to distribute in schools. They will be entering their film for an anti-tobacco short film competition run by Cut Films, an anti-tobacco and anti-smoking youth project. They raised almost £350 through a boot sale and cake sale, and will be donating this sum to Cut Films.

Watch their incredibly moving film here:

 

Team 2 wished to raise funds for a number of charities and causes in their area. They have already secured over £670 through fun days, bag packing and cake sales.

Hertsmere NCS Summer 2015 For Web

Team 2 called themselves Community Action Hertsmere and raised £677 for their chosen local causes

Team 3 took a different theme and decided to improve facilities at Cuffley Camp Outdoor Centre near Potters Bar. This is an outdoor education centre used largely by young people. The team weatherproofed sleeping cabins and raised nearly £300 through a raffle and car boot sale.

Team 4 raised funds for MENCAP, saying they chose this charity because it not only helps those with learning disabilities, but also their families and carers. So far they have raised over £800 through bake sales, fundraising and bag packing.

All teams would like to thank the organisers of Elm Court Car Boot Sale for allowing them to run the field and gate on Saturday 1 August at Elm Court Youth Centre. This contributed £940 to the four teams’ fundraising efforts. Additionally, thanks go to Foodiewuwdies Catering of Pinner for providing such excellent sandwiches to the teams during their NCS activities.

The experience has not only resulted in an incredible charity contribution of more than £2000 across the four teams, but been fun and has taught a wide variety of skills along the way. Participant Riya, 17, said "NCS was a helpful experience that taught me how to be confident, it pushed my boundaries.” Fellow group member Sylvia, aged 16, added “It was a fun filled 4 weeks and taught me skills that I now want to build on. I have met people I will stay friends with for a long time.”

Lindsay Edwards, Head of Services for Young People at Hertfordshire County Council visited the teams on their final day of the programme and said “It was great to meet all the young people. Everyone was so committed to the work they have been doing and having a great time, it was very inspiring!”

More information about NCS, including how to sign up.