Young people in Dacorum raise money for children’s charity as part of National Citizen Service (NCS)

06 December 2016

Young people from the across Dacorum raised almost £200 for the Starfish Children’s Ward at Watford General Hospital and the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) with Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions.

48 young people from the district took part in the autumn programme, which began with a weekend residential stay at Kingswood Activity Centre in Kent, where young people took part in activities including climbing, archery and laser tag.

They then returned to Hertfordshire for the next phase of the programme, based in the XC Youth Connexions Centre, Hemel Hempstead. They learnt key skills including team working, CV writing, leadership and time management as well as first aid.

Using their newly acquired skills, the young people worked together to plan and implement projects to benefit their local communities.

One of the groups took part in a Dacorum Community Safety event in Hemel Hempstead town centre, setting up a health information stall which focused on alcohol awareness. They also took the opportunity to find out about what activities other young people in Dacorum want for the town in which they live and they devised a questionnaire called ‘What young people want’.

Other projects organised by the groups included a Christmas Fair and performance at Hemel Hempstead School and a collection at the Hemel Hempstead Christmas light switch-on for Christmas boxes for care leavers who may be facing Christmas on their own.

Find out more about all the youth work projects and programmes delivered by Youth Connexions Hertfordshire, including the next NCS programme in summer 2017.