September 2019

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National Citizens Service news


This summer 650 young people from St Albans, Dacorum and Hertsmere are taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme with YC Hertfordshire.

Each young person will attend a four-week programme which will include two residential weeks and the planning and delivery of a Social Action Project.  Young people have the opportunity to learn about team work, social interaction, build resilience, learn new skills and prepare them for the transition into adulthood.

The NCS programme begins with a week’s residential to Staffordshire where young people have the opportunity to participate in a programme  including raft building, climbing, caving, high ropes and a 10km expedition while living in a tent for the week.

Henry (15) said: “The rafting was the best, we all worked together and leant how to tie reef knots.

The second week is a residential at the University of Hertfordshire where the young people are able to experience life as a student on a university campus. A varied programme includes an employability day which consists of attending a variety of workshops with employers to learn about employability skills, mental health and sexual health workshops, deaf awareness and first aid training. Team building activities are organised for the evenings.

The final two weeks of the programme are where young people undertake a social action project in their local community. They are responsible for identifying local worthwhile community causes and then planning and carrying out improvements. These have included work at a donkey sanctuary, running a bake sale in the town centre to raise money for a mental health charity, adapting and recording a song which represents aspects of mental health, creating an ECO garden for a local primary school, litter picking, helping at a retirement home as well as supporting at a fun day for low income families.

Feedback from the young people has been positive:

I haven’t spoken to many people before, I have made new friends.” Holly (16)

 “The Youth Worker are great, I can relate to them and just chat to them.” Asma (16)

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