We’ve been very busy with our National Citizen Service volunteers. NCS is a UK Government volunteering programme, aimed at 15-17-year-olds in England and Northern Ireland.

It’s a great chance for young people to help out organisations like ourselves, as well as develop key skills, such as social interaction, time management and working as part of a team. These assets will be vital when they enter the working world in a few years’ time.

We’ve been visiting the KCOM Stadium on Monday mornings and telling the NCS volunteers about the homelessness problem in Hull, as well as information about what we do as a charity and how they can help. The teams then pick which charity they would like to work with and come up with a social action project to help out that organisation. We currently have five incredible teams helping us out.

One of the groups has already been very successful in a series of fundraising events, including car boot sales. They raised an impressive £422 and put that money towards buying much-needed supplies for those in need. The group placed products into boxes specially designed for each type of homeless person, including children, adults and families.

Meanwhile, another team is creating a documentary. They have been working hard, interviewing members of the public about their perception of homeless people as well as those who are affected by homelessness in the city. A hairdresser has even been organised for the afternoon to offer free cuts and restyles to rough sleepers.

We’ve also had a group busking in town. They are raising cash for us with their musical talents and it’s a great way to raise awareness of Hull Homeless Community Project. The same group is volunteering with us directly and helping to transform a flat for a family to move into.

Our NCS volunteers should serve as an inspiration to everyone and we are so grateful for all of their hard work. You can find out more about NCS at ncsyes.co.uk. Meanwhile, if you'd like to volunteer with HHCP, please get in touch at info@hullhomeless.co.uk.