In autumn we took away 40 young people from across 10 different areas in Buckinghamshire and 13 different schools and colleges to participate in the National Citizen Service. A majority of the young people had not met each other and on the first day of the programme this was very evident with the bus journey to PGL Osmington Bay for the first week residential, where all the young people were more or less silent for the entire journey. The journey back was much noisier with many chants from the residential activities being sung. During the residential some of the activities which the young people were involved in included dragon boating, zip wire, Jacobs ladder, orienteering and many more.
The second part of the programme included a self-defense session and a day session run by professional athlete Rion Pierre. After a few days of training and preparation, the young people went on to execute their social action project. Some of the social action included volunteering at local churches and schools, fundraising to clothe, feed and put a homeless person in a room for a night, gardening and creating a bird home for a residential home.
On Saturday 29th November 2014 we celebrated the achievements of 40 young people from different areas in Buckinghamshire, who had come together do social action projects which benefited their communities. With 7 different social action projects completed and over 1380 total hours put in by the young people it had been an amazing few weeks. On the night we was joined by athlete Rion Pierre, Cllr Darren Hayday for West Wycombe and Cllr David Watson for Flackwell Heath, Little Marlow and Marlow South. It was a night filled with good memories, good food and entertainment from a young artist by the name of London Curious.
NCS graduates have access to a range of opportunities, which include applying for funding from £500-£2000, joining youth boards, volunteering overseas, volunteering on a range of other fun projects plus many more. We also support graduates with this process as well as their transition from school to college and from college to university.
Cllr Khalil Ahmed, Mayor of High Wycombe
I would say the following: NCS is an excellent initiative that seeks to help young people of all race and backgrounds to achieve real life experience together with personal and social development to promote leadership, teamwork and communication skills.
Cheryl Gillan MP for Chesham and Amersham
I was delighted to officiate at the National Citizen Service 2014 Buckinghamshire graduation ceremony and see at first-hand how inspiring both the course has been to the young people who were graduating. This has obviously been a life changing experience for many of the people who have chosen to undertake the course and I would wish them all the luck in the future with their new found skills and confidence which will benefit all our communities. Who knows amongst the class of 2014 we may have the next generation of MPs motivated to help their communities through this inspiring course.
Chris Gregory, parent of young person on programme
I am writing to say how much my daughter Lucie enjoyed her time with the NCS. She matured and made new and lasting friends over the four weeks under your guidance. She had a great time and learnt so much; we are so pleased she has made friends with people from other schools, some of whom will perhaps become lifelong friends. Indeed 7 of them are coming around for a sleepover next week! She worked really hard with her group for the Social Action too and it was a great way to spend 4 weeks in a potentially difficult time post GCSE
Emily Green, young person from programme
NCS will certainly look good on my CV, and so increase my chances of getting hired for a job, it’s also made me a bit more adventurous and willing to try new and different things.
Tony Koutsoumba, NCS Team Leader
Promoting youth social action is incredibly close to my heart and is a cause I spend a lot of time supporting as a volunteer in my community. NCS has definitely given me a far greater insight into the motivations of young people to play an active role in the community and a better understanding of how mentors can help them realise their potential.
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