Young people from Three Rivers demonstrate their community spirit during their summer holidays

04 September 2017

YC Hertfordshire has supported 63 young people from across Three Rivers 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 63 young people from across Three Rivers 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 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 projects.

The young people worked in small groups to plan and organise their social action projects. One of the groups chose Oxhey Jets Football Academy for their project. They helped with cleaning and clearing the grounds ready for the season to start, cutting back brambles, washing the stadium fences, cleaning the gym and cleaning and tidying the club house. The young people will continue to support the Oxhey Jets throughout the season.

Another group of young people chose to support the Sir James Altham community swimming pool by redecorating a function room which can now be used by lots of different groups, while another group helped to renovate the garden at Otley Way Children’s Centre. The young people removed a huge amount of overgrown ivy, cut back bushes, cleaned the patio, and re-painted the play equipment.

The group also raised £200 towards equipment at the Children’s Centre, which was spent on new outside benches, and collected generous donations from B&Q which included flowers, planting equipment and gardening gloves.

Other groups of young people repainted the sports hall at West Hyde Youth Centre and took part in a charity car wash to raise money for the MS Society and Cosmic (Children of St. Mary's Intensive Care), both charities personal to the young people. They also took part in a ‘World Market’ family day at Otley Way Family Centre. In total they raised nearly £950.

Some of the young people who took part in NCS said:

“I really enjoyed the skills week and the interview session was one of my favourites” Sophia, age 16

“I didn’t think I would enjoy it, but I’m happy I took the opportunity as it’s been my best summer yet” Louis, age 16

“I’ve learnt new things about life, other people and myself” Ollie, age 16

 

For more information about NCS with YC Hertfordshire, visit www.ychertfordshire.org