National Citizen Service volunteers serving Stroud and Gloucestershire
This week I was invited to visit young National Citizen Service participants at Cotswold Playhouse to hear about their social action project that will benefit the Stroud community.
The group I met with had planned a series of fundraising initiatives, including a fun day, to help raise money for a charity of their choice, Gloucester Young Carers.
National Citizen Service is a life changing programme available to 15-17-year-olds to help them discover who they are and what they can do. Each programme runs in the school holidays, typically lasting 1–2 weeks in spring and autumn, with 3–4 weeks over the summer break, so there’s time for everyone to go. There are even bursaries available to cover the £50 fee to ensure it’s open to all, whatever their background.
When asked what the best part of their NCS adventure had been, Priya and Anna told me they really enjoyed abseiling and surfing during their first week on the programme.
“I found out about NCS through my sister, as she took part a few years before me. She really enjoyed it, which is why my twin and I knew we wanted to take part as well.”
Anna said: “NCS has been a great distraction while we are waiting on our GSCE results, and I have met a lot of different people I never would have met otherwise”.
As a result of NCS, young people become better leaders, are more confident about finding a job, feel more equipped to tackle social problems and see other young people from different backgrounds in a more positive light.
When I asked group’s wave leader, Kerry, what makes NCS so special, she said:
“No programme is the same, and you get to meet some amazing young people and support them along their NCS adventure.”
It was great to spend time with them and I look forward to hearing how their projects go. The programme is a brilliant opportunity for young people to get out of their comfort zone and lead on some projects that are going to have real impact in Stroud.