It all started at ′YES′...
NCS graduates reunite for celebration evening at Carrow Road
Participants on the National Citizen Service (NCS) October programme reunited earlier this month to celebrate the successful completion of the scheme.
The event, held at Norwich City Football Club, gave the graduates the opportunity to collect their certificates and share their achievements with their families and friends.
The NCS scheme, delivered by the Community Sports Foundation (CSF), helps young people build skills for work and life while taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.
In October, over 170 participants from across Norfolk enjoyed a three night residential and took part in various team-building activities including mountain biking, raft building and rock climbing.
Then, in the lead up to Christmas, the youngsters planned and delivered thirty hours of social action work helping to positively impact on their local communities.
There were thirteen social action projects in total, these ranged from renovating skate parks to preparing Christmas hampers for local care homes.
Other projects included bake sales, creating menus for a local café and even a sponsored leg wax!
Hundreds of pounds have been raised for a number of local and national charities, including CSF.
The Graduation was a perfect opportunity for the young people to celebrate their successes and catch up with the friends they made on the NCS programme.
Sixteen-year-old Jack Davies, an October NCS graduate, was asked to reflect on his NCS experience to the audience.
“NCS has had a great impact on me. Not only am I more confident, but I can use my NCS experience moving forward in life.
“I was asked how I would sum up NCS in one word, and I reckon that word would be unique to everyone. But for me, only one word came to mind - worthwhile.
“I know it doesn’t sound flash or heart-lifting. But to me, it sums up NCS perfectly.”
The NCS Scheme is back this Summer, where participants will be able to enjoy back-to-back residential weeks in July and August, develop the tools and belief to unlock their potential and make a positive impact in their communities. You can find out more about the Summer programme here.
If you’ve been inspired and would like to get involved with NCS or require any further information, text 'NCS YES' to 07554 963820 and the team will get back to you! Alternatively, you can contact the NCS team on 01603 761 122 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or follow this link to the NCS East page: www.ncseast.co.uk.
Story added: 19 Jan 2016