Young people in North Hertfordshire help out at local hospice charity as part of National Citizen Service (NCS)

07 December 2016

Young people from the across North Hertfordshire lent a hand at the Garden House Hospice Distribution Centre as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) with Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions.

Seven 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 Bancroft Centre for Young People in Hitchin. 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.

The young people identified two local projects that they would like to support. Firstly the young people spent a day at the Garden House Hospice Distribution Centre, where they helped out by sorting through the donations, organising electrical items and sorting and inspecting clothes that had been donated.

For the second part of their social action project, the young people planned and decorated the new radio station room at Bancroft in preparation for its relaunch. The team carried out risk assessments before setting to work and repainting the room.

A parent of one of the young people who took part in NCS this autumn said: “The NCS team is amazing and always there for [my son] when he needed them. His confidence has gone from strength to strength.”

For further information about all the youth work projects and programmes delivered by Youth Connexions Hertfordshire, including the next NCS programme in summer 2017, please visit