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

24 August 2017

YC Hertfordshire has supported 13 young people from Watford 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 13 young people from Watford 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 Watford 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.

After a week at an outdoor activity centre in North Wales, and a further week-long residential stay at the University of Hertfordshire campus in Hatfield, the group started work on planning for their social action project.

The young people decided to collect food for the local food bank and make up lunch boxes for children who get free school meals, which included activities and sports equipment.

They contacted charities: Street Games, Fit & Fed and the Foodbank and money was raised by organising a sponsored silent walk from YouthPoint in Watford to the Rickmansworth Aquadrome and back. They also organised a movie night which the young people arranged and invited their friends to at YouthPoint.

The young people raised a total of £200 – which they spent on the lunch boxes – and collected donations for the foodbank from members of the public at Sainsbury’s.

They then made up the lunchboxes, adding in the sports items they had bought, and gave these to the foodbank to distribute to families.

One of the young people that took part, Akeerie, said: “[It was a] great experience, a real confidence boost”, while Grace said: ‘I want to do NCS again, can I do it again next year?”