Young people from Broxbourne demonstrate their community spirit during their summer holidays

12 September 2017

Young people gave their time to help local residential homes and playschemes for children with disabilities as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme held this summer.

YC Hertfordshire supported young people from Broxbourne to take part in the National Citizen Service programme which boosts young people’s confidence and equips them with the skills needed as they approach adulthood.

The four-week full time programme saw the young people choose worthwhile community causes, plan and budget for the projects, raise funds and carry out the work.

The young people took part in two residential weeks at an outdoor activity centre in North Wales, and then at the University of Hertfordshire campus in Hatfield. These included team-building exercises where they developed their communication, trust, listening and leadership skills. The young people also gained a qualification in first aid before starting work on planning for their social action project.

Groups planned and carried out a variety of different social action projects. Some visited residents and held activities at the Friary in Waltham Cross for people living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s while other members visited Emmanuel Lodge, an assisted living scheme.

They planned and delivered a range of activities, funded by the proceeds of a bake sale. The remaining money was then donated to Age UK.

Another group raised money for CHIPS, a play scheme for children with disabilities aged 3- 19, through a bake sale and sponsored walk. The money raised meant that the young people could hold a fun day for the children who attended CHIPS.

The young people also learned about charities including Herts Young Homeless, Water Aid, Active Ageing and Fit and Fed. The group worked with street sports and learnt how to lead an activity session for children. More than £180 was raised by one group, thanks to donations of cakes and sandwiches by local supermarket.

The young people said about their experience:

“NCS taught me to be a little more adventurous and helped me to go outside of my comfort zone.”

 

“I found NCS to be a great experience. I have made some amazing friends over the four weeks and gained a huge confidence boost from the activities and our social action   project.”