24 young people from South Gloucestershire have graduated from Prospects’ National Citizen Service (NCS) programme this Autumn, having given up their half term and winter weekends.
To graduate the young people spent four days at a residential centre in Shropshire where they honed their teamwork, communication, confidence and leadership skills. This was followed by three days learning about their community and taking part in workshops preparing them for work and life including employability workshops, a talk by a holocaust survivor and a comprehensive day on project and business management. During their time they improved their business skills where they learned about marketing and budgeting before pitching to a dragons den panel.
Using the skills gained during their half term studies the young people split into two groups tasked with designing and running a social action project. The project lasted 30 hours and took up the young people’s weekends with the aim of helping others in their community.
One group volunteered at St Peter’s Parish Church in Filton, cleaning up and renovating the gardens and making a bench from reclaimed wood. The second group spent their time raising awareness of the charity CLIC Sargent by collecting messages of support for their service users whilst braving the cold and giving out free cakes and hugs in Bristol city centre.
The programme culminated in a graduation ceremony held at Abbeywood Community School. There the young people put to use their new-found confidence and public speaking skills sharing their experiences with friends and family. Each young person received a certificate signed by the Prime Minister recognising the completion of their project.
One graduate shared their thoughts on the NCS programme, “It was just best experience of my life, I made lots of new friends, had lots of fun and made some memories that'll never fade, plus it gave me the chance to do something good to do for the community”
Prospects NCS Programme Manager, Hassan Adam, comments: “For these young people to give up their half term and weekends during school time to take part in NCS and help others in their community is amazing. Their enthusiasm throughout the programme to help each other and others has been so strong. These young people are a credit to their community.”
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Notes to Editor
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Alona de Havilland
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