Young people in Broxbourne raise money for homeless charity as part of National Citizen Service (NCS)

24 November 2016

Young people from Broxbourne, Cheshunt, Hoddesdon and Waltham Cross raised £140 for the charity Herts Young Homeless as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) with Youth Connexions Hertfordshire.

27 young people from the district took part in the autumn programme, which began with a weekend residential stay at Kingswood Activity Centre in Kent, where young people took part in activities including climbing, archery and laser tag.

They then returned to Hertfordshire for the next phase of the programme, based in Ware Young People’s Centre and Waltham Cross Youth Centre. They learnt key skills including team working, CV writing, leadership and time management as well as first aid.

Using their newly acquired skills, the young people worked together to plan and implement projects to benefit their local communities.

One of the groups at Waltham Cross organised a community fun day to support the work of CHIPS - an organisation which arranges integration play schemes for young people with additional needs.

 

Another team working from Ware Young People’s Centre researched Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and developed a role play which they are making into a video to raise awareness amongst other young people. The second group from Waltham Cross organised an open mic music evening at Waltham Cross Youth Centre to raise awareness of young people who are experiencing homelessness, with all of the £140 raised going to Herts Young Homeless charity.

 

During the course of the NCS social Action Projects young people from Broxbourne also volunteered their services with Broxbourne Borough Council to facilitate the community Zombie Run as part of the Halloween diversionary activities programme. Young people enjoyed helping in delivering this event and enabling other young people to have a good time in a safe environment

Amber, aged 16, said: “NCS has given me the confidence to make new friends” while Joshua, aged 16, said: “The NCS experience was good and has given me confidence so I would recommend it to others”.

 

The next NCS programme with Youth Connexions will take place in Summer 2017. For more information please visit https://www.youthconnexions-hertfordshire.org/youth-work/national-citizen-service/