Social action projects that make a difference prove we can all play our part and better our community
What is NCS?
National Citizen Service (NCS) is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England.
It helps to build skills for work and life, while the children take on new challenges and meet new friends.
It runs in the spring, summer and autumn. They have a short time away from home and take part in a team project that will help their community.
NCS brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication.
Participants develop a social action project to deal with a local issue they’re passionate about, and spend 30 hours putting the project into action in their community.
This is exactly what “Gary’s grand kids” did this summer, and with spectacular results through the Tigers Trust
After contacting various community groups to tell them of their plans and invite them to be the lucky ones that received the fruits of their hard work, they met their first stumbling block, the groups they contacted were only interested in cash fundraising. This alone shows the work we still need to do regards social action, community collaborative working and youth engagement, as a city we need to do better in encouraging and supporting social action and young adults.
Not deterred, they contacted us early August to tell us of their plans and would we be interested, of course we said yes! When we heard of their ideas and what they wanted to achieve we couldn’t be prouder to be asked, after all, this is what we do. The idea was to hold a family fun day in Pocklington and with all the money raised they would purchase bags and fill them with essentials needed to make life easier, keep clean, warm and dry then give these out to those that need them with help from us.
On Sunday the 25th of September at West Green in Pocklington the team held their fun day, with cake stalls, book stalls, tombola and raffle, live music and dances, Rory the tiger, refreshments, sports games, arts and crafts, facepainting and stalls. we popped down to see how they were doing and were so happy to see such a bustling event organised solely by the kids.
we met with the team this weekend, they handed us an incredible amount of stuff for the homeless guys and girls, which included 30 fully packed bags stuffed with;
- shower gel
- hand sanitiser
- sanitary pads
- lip balm
The bags were packed separately specifically for men and women and full of different things accordingly.
The team presented us with just short of £700 which was left over after buying the kits and fund matched by Santander bank. They also gave us £175 in Nandos vouchers which they had all individually won and decided they’d like to give to us instead which was so lovely and touching.
The team will be attending their presentation evening this coming Friday along with all the other waves and teams to showcase their work and celebrate the amazing work they have all done this year. We will be there to thank them once again and we look forward to working with NCS again in the future. A huge thank you to the Tigers Trust for all your hard work and the support you give the teams.
National citizens service website