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NCS A Success!

Fifty-two 16 and 17 year olds celebrate their participation in the Foundation’s National Citizen Service (NCS) course.

Foundation staff hosted a celebration event at St James’s park on Monday, as a reward to all of the participants that have completed this term’s NCS.

The NCS is a government backed programme for 16-17 year olds which offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for young people to get ahead in work life.  It is a chance to build their confidence and independence and learn lessons that cannot be taught in class.

After their Out of Bounds residential at Northumberland based activity centre, Allendale, the youngsters split into four groups to embark on Social Action’s projects that they have completed over the past month. The participants were set the challenge to choose charities within Newcastle to raise money and awareness for the chosen causes.

The first team offered their services at Morrisons in Byker, raising a whopping £500.50 from bag packing for Under the Bridge, Byker’s homeless charity. The young people also donated clothes from friends and families to the worthy cause.

Team two put on their gardening gloves and renovated Brunswick-based Dementia Care’s neglected garden to make the surrounding areas more pleasant for residents and guests to use. Three volunteers from the group have offered their time to regularly visit the care home to upkeep the garden.

Team two renovating Dementia Care’s garden.

The third group took on the tiresome ‘Sit on the Seat’ Challenge, consisting of the 13-strong team sitting on every single seat within St James’ Park –over 50,000 seats within 7 hours to raise money for the North East Special Needs Network.

Half way through team three’s Sit on the Seat challenge

Lastly, team four also based themselves in Morrison’s to raise money for Tiny Lives, a registered charity that helps to care for premature and sick new-born babies and families based in Newcastle’s RVI Hospital.

Monday night allowed all participants to gather together and share their favourite memories over the course of the programme. One of the particpants, Georgia Kay Harrison, commented:

“I can honestly say NCS was the greatest experience I’ll ever have and will do.

“Thanks to all of the team for being so supportive and understanding. It’s been an unreal experience and a massive confidence boost!

“Everyone should say yes! It’s a great opportunity and people should take it because it’s honestly worth it!”

Laura Wilson, the Foundation’s Youth and Community Project Coordinator said:

“Many of the graduates have shown fantastic progression across the programme and will be working with us as volunteers on the NCS summer programme.”

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a fantastic opportunity open to all Year 12 pupils that helps participants build their skills for work and life, while they take on new challenges and meet new friends.

For more information on our NCS Summer programme, please contact Hannah Boath  or call 0191 201 8451.

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