Young people in St Albans raise money for local projects promoting mental health as part of National Citizen Service (NCS)

19 December 2016

Young people from the across St Albans raised £185 for the counselling charity Youth Talk and OLLIE (One Life Lost Is Enough), a charity which raises awareness in schools about suicide prevention, as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) with Hertfordshire County Council Youth Connexions.

11 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 Harpenden Youth Centre. 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 group chose OLLIE as it a local charity which aims to promote mental wellbeing and prevent young people from taking their own lives, through training programmes for adults and young people.

The group teamed up with Harpenden Youth Council on a stand at Harpenden Christmas Carnival to sell homemade cakes and promote their chosen charities to members of the public.

The group are keen to continue their social action project by working with local schools to raise more money for OLLIE.

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

Find out more about the group’s chosen charities at and