Young people of North Herts support homeless charity and local hospital
03 August 2015
Youth Connexions has supported young people from North Herts to learn new skills and contribute to their communities through NCS this summer.
Fancy dress helped raise money for Lister Hospital children’s ward
47 young people, mostly from Hitchin, Letchworth, Baldock and Royston attended the National Citizen Service summer project delivered by Youth Connexions’ North Herts team.
The four-week National Citizen Service (NCS) programme sees the young people choose a worthwhile community cause, plan and budget for the project, raise funds and carry out the work. As well as learning how to successfully manage a community project, the young people also took part in skills building exercises such as mountain biking and team games which developed their communication, trust, listening and leadership skills. They also gained qualifications and skills in first-aid and spent a whole day at North Herts College where they had the opportunity to try a range of different subjects such as animal care, hair dressing, bricklaying, mechanics as well as business studies. At least four young people have now signed up with the college as a result of this taster day.
Having completed two weeks of skills and team building, the young people split into two groups for their social action projects. Group one, decided to support Herts Young Homeless and planned a sponsored sleep out in aid of the charity. The young people rose to the 12 hour challenge and all successfully experienced a night sleeping rough.
The second group identified the Lister Hospital children’s ward as their chosen cause. They organised a fun run in fancy dress around Hitchin town centre, raising money and many smiles along the way, with official buckets supplied by the hospital.
Participant Serina, 16, said "I have had so much fun and have made many new friends. I have also learned many new things.” Fellow team member Sarah, 16, added “I have increased my confidence and communication.” Wade, also16 said “I have a lot more respect for people.”
Parents have also valued the programme, with one parent, Margaret describing her daughter as a different person as a result of the programme, adding that she had positively changed as a result of taking part in NCS over the month.