Young people from East Herts demonstrate their community spirit during their summer holidays

12 September 2017

Young people raised money for local charities including a playscheme for children with disabilities, a deaf awareness charity and Herts Young Homeless as part of this summer’s National Citizen Service (NCS).

YC Hertfordshire supported young people from Bishop’s Stortford, Hertford and Ware to take part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) 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.

Young people chose to organise their social action projects to support local charities including Grove Cottage, CHIPS (a playscheme for children with disabilities), Herts Young Homeless, Mudlarks and Phoenix, a deaf awareness charity.

The young people worked hard and one group raised £197 for Herts Young Homeless, while another group raised £1300 for the charity Help for Heroes by organising a walk from Ware carrying stretchers and wearing specially designed tshirts to celebrate the bravery of those who lost their lives in battle. They also held a raffle and sold poppy cupcakes to raise funds.

Meanwhile the Hertford team divided their social action project between two main themes. The first was Mudlarks- a local charity who help adults with learning difficulties and mental health issues.  Young people helped with their local allotment and gave them proceeds of a charity coffee morning to buy new tools for future use.  The group also baked cakes and shared them at a tea party with residents of the Beane river view elderly care home.

 

Young people who completed NCS said:

 

“I learnt you can help the community in lots of ways other than fundraising” and “I enjoyed it very much, it was very fulfilling”.