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NCS Summer 2018

We had 55 young people complete our National Citizen Service (NCS) programme this summer. The NCS brings together 16- to 17-year olds from different backgrounds in a programme of challenge, learning, and discover and this year was no exception!

The programme is split into three phases and a graduation evening!

More photos can be found here

Phase 1: Adventure

The adventure phase took place in Shropshire (1st group) and Norfolk (2nd group). The young people took part in Gorge Scrambling, Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Abseiling and much more: all with a focus on teamwork and games.

This phase is about building friendships with those that they may not have across before. Loads of photos of the activities can be seen here.

Phase 2: Skills

The young people then stayed at Anglia Ruskin University where they gain new skills such as independence and confidence.

Young people were allocated into teams and given a budget where they buy and cook their own food. They have to budget 5 days’ worth of food and learn how to cook as a group. During the day, we also held workshops to help build the skills of the young people. These included:

  • Debating
  • Budgeting (Barclays)
  • Cartoon Drawing
  • Self-Defence & so much more...!

We were also very lucky within this stage to receive a visit from Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge.

Phase 3: Social Action Projects

The third phase is at the heart of the NCS: the young people design and deliver a social action project.

Split into 4 groups over the 2 ‘waves’ the groups raised between them over £1500 principally for 2 charities, CHECT (Childhood Eye Cancer Trust) and MAGPAS (Mid Anglia General Practitioner Accident Service) Air Ambulance!

For the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust: the group did a blind-folded walk around Cambridge and having learnt a lot through this experience, went on to successfully liaise with local businesses verbally and in writing, collecting prizes for a raffle. The raffle took place at an awareness and fundraising Fun Day including information, activities and stalls. They also cycled over 1000 miles as a group to raise money for the cause!

Our next group raised money for MAGPAS Air Ambulance. They did this through their “Swim to Fly” and “Sing to Fly” campaigns. This involved the group raising money through a sponsored swim! They then went about organising a concert held at Cambridge United Football Club. It was a fantastic afternoon involving 4 artists, a raffle and lots of fun had!

Our groups also supported Jimmy’s Night Shelter by creating shoeboxes for the homeless there – they raised the money for this by taking part in a sponsored triathlon taking place at Abbey Leisure Centre. Part of this group also created a fantastic painting for the kids at East Anglia Children’s Hospital (EACH).

Our final group took the topic of litter in our environment and organised regular litter picks (complete with an eye-catching collection/social media super-hero). The group then establish a connection with St Paul’s Church, who hosted a mural they created using the litter they had collected throughout the weeks. This was part of their #CambYouNot (Litter) campaign.

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