Young people raise £1,451 for charity during their National Citizen Service programme

23 December 2015

Twenty six young people took part in the autumn 2015 Stevenage National Citizen Service (NCS) programme with Youth Connexions and worked as a team to make a difference in their local community.

During the October half term holidays the group travelled to Kingswood in West Runton, Norfolk, for their three-day NCS residential. This first phase of the programme involved challenging activities such as caving, archery, zip wire and go karting.

They then came back to the Bowes Lyon Centre in Stevenage for the next phase, during which they completed a Level 2 qualification in emergency first aid – including basic life support and safe use of an automated external defibrillator. They also visited a local community group, Waste Not Want Not, where they learnt about the project and helped to repot plants.

Isobel Barnes, Director and Project Leader of Waste Not Want Not, said: “I would like to thank all the young people for their wonderful efforts last Sunday. Everyone worked so very hard and enthusiastically and it was a real joy to have their energy and commitment.”

Over the next month, the group chose to focus on raising money for the Downs Syndrome Association, Shelter and Cancer Hair Care through a variety of activities including a market stall, a bake sale, a sponsored sleep out and an activity day. They raised a total of £1,451.29 which will be divided between the chosen charities.

The young people also gained AQA qualifications in developing team skills, taking part in a residential activity and food hygiene regulations.

To celebrate their achievements, the group attended the NCS graduation event at the Forum, University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield on 13 December, along with other NCS teams from around the county.

 Stevenage NCS Team December 2015

The Stevenage NCS Team at the graduation event at the Forum Hertfordshire

This is what some of the young people said about their involvement in NCS with Youth Connexions: 

Maisie  – “The best thing I have done in 2015!”

Lisa  – “I feel I have made friends and am now confident to go out and meet new people.”

Hector  – “I feel really happy and proud to be a part of this.”

If you’re interested in taking part in NCS with Youth Connexions please register your interest here.

Find more information and the National Citizen Service here.