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

24 August 2017

YC Hertfordshire has supported 14 young people from Hertsmere 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.

YC Hertfordshire has supported 14 young people from Hertsmere 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 from Hertsmere 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.

The group delivered a week of the ‘Fit and Fed’ initiative – a project designed to provide healthy activities and lunch to young children. This supports families of children on free school meals for whom the holidays can cause an extra expense as the children can no longer access meals at school, and don’t have the opportunity to have regular PE lessons.

More than 20 children attended ‘Fit and Fed’ throughout the week at projects in Potters Bar and Borehamwood, which were delivered enthusiastically and professionally by the NCS group.

 “I’ve liked NCS because I faced my worst fears and enjoyed every second of the activities.” Katie, 16

“I’ve enjoyed NCS because I’ve tried lots of new things and learnt new things. I’ve been with friends and I’ve also made new ones. I’ve been active all of the time.” Kiki, 16

“I actually learned so much doing the Fit and Fed. I know week two was the skills week but I learned loads this week. I’m thinking about doing something like Camp America now because I know I can run sports like this.” Holly, 16