Young people raise money for charity in National Citizen Service programme

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:00 08 September 2016

Young people taking part in the Hertfordshire Youth Connexions National Citizen Service programme

Young people taking part in the Hertfordshire Youth Connexions National Citizen Service programme


Teenagers took part in Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions National Citizen Service (NCS) programme and raised more than £500 for local charities.

A group of 84 young people from WGC, Hatfield and surrounding areas took part in the four-week programme, choosing community causes to support, planning and budgeting for projects, raising funds and carrying out the work.

During the first week of the project the young people took part in team-building exercises at an outdoor education centre on the Isle of Wight, having a go at orienteering, bushcraft, archery, low rope and zip line courses.

The second week was a residential course at the University of Hertfordshire, with Youth Connexions running workshops on first aid, air ambulance road safety awareness, sexual health awareness, CV writing and interview skills.

Kailee, 16, said: “I am more assured of my skills and it has built my confidence and helped me talk to new people.”

For weeks three and four the group divided into six teams to carry out their social action projects.

Team one held an awareness stall, cake sale and disco to raise money for Isabel Hospice in WGC, team two held a fancy dress walk and painted a mural to support the LGBT community, team three renovated parts of Breaks Manor Youth Centre, team four renovated the garden spaces at St Audrey’s Care Home in Hatfield, team five organised events to raise awareness of mental health issues, and team six decorated the Ludwick Family Centre in WGC.

One of the young people, Lauren, said: “NCS has made me look at things more positively”, while Toby said: “I have developed as a person and gained a better understanding of what I want to do,” and Amy said: “I am a better listener and have more confidence”.

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