This Easter saw the NCS Spring Programme leap into action. 11 Young People from across Bristol took part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity available to 16-17 year olds in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a programme that helps you build skills for work and life whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new people. The condensed two week project saw the participants head off to the Brecon Beacons for a residential followed by workshops to develop new skills & meet local charitable organisations. These workshops helped to form the Social Action projects which the group planned & delivered themselves.
This year the group decided to raise not only money for Mental Health Charity Off The Record but also a general awareness of how we see Mental Health as a society. Together they managed to raise £400 for the charity as well as educating the public with handmade flyers, bracelets & starting conversations. NCS Participant Anya wrote a lovely article about their project, you can read it in ‘Our Impact’ page here.
The Spring group worked with Simon Green at Bearpit Bristol, he had the following to say:
“Just a quick email to say how impressed I was with the attitude and enthusiasm of your young people who came and worked in the Bearpit last week (Rachel, Sam and the team.)They were a delight; mature, conscientious and a credit to YB and themselves. In a world where young people attract unfair criticism, it’s a pleasure to be able to give some really positive feedback…Please let me know if there is any way that we can support your work…”
Here is an email from participant Rebekah reflecting on her experience:
“I am so happy I took part in NCS. Honestly the days leading up to it I was quite worried that I’d be left on my own all weekend and that no one would talk to me, that I wouldn’t enjoy it in general but it was the opposite. By doing NCS I have met some of the greatest people I’ve ever met in my whole life, I have made some friends that feel like they are going to last a lifetime. The group of us bonded so well that you wouldn’t have expected us to have only known each other for only a couple days or 2 weeks. I have gained so much respect for everyone who was there even the team leaders who had to put up with us.
I don’t think I could pick out a favourite part of the whole experience because it was all amazing and not once was there someone not smiling or laughing.
Leading on from NCS myself and others from the group have signed up to do other things with Young Bristol such as their Snow Camp which I am very excited for.
I loved NCS. The people and the leaders made it what it was and I am so grateful.”
We also had the following feedback from the participants:
“This has hands down been the best thing I have done in months. Doing the programme brought me out of my comfort zone in a way I was proud of”
“I have gained the confidence to give information to the public. To speak to people I have never met before and to help spread the awareness of a social issue that isn’t really spoken about”
“It was such an easy thing to do and an amazing opportunity – worth it in every way”
“I have gained a lot of confidence and made great friends”
If this sounds like something you would be interested in learning more about please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 929 2513. There are still spaces available on our 4 week Summer programme starting on Summer Programmes begins: 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st July.
Benefits include: Enhanced CVs and job applications, enhanced university applications (NCS is officially recognised by UCAS), increased confidence and independence, various new skills for work and life, new friendships, further unique volunteering and work experience opportunities. We look forward to hearing from you!