Over 500 youngsters helped raise more than £25,000 for charity this summer on a range of community projects through the National Citizen Service.
Provided by the Tigers Trust, the NCS personal and social development programme encourages young people to give back to the community by challenging and empowering them. The four-week initiative saw the 16 and 17-year-olds from Hull and East Riding go on an away residential to an outdoor activity centre, which involved abseiling and rock climbing.
That was followed by a local residential before being separated into teams and tasked with planning and delivering a range of social action projects of benefit to the local area. Projects included renovating gardens at Castle Hill and Hull Deaf Institute, organising a music event for ‘No More Knives’ campaign and making food parcels for children likely to go hungry.
They also created inspirational wall art, taught elderly residents how to skype family members and constructed a whale out of plastic bottles to raise awareness of plastic waste in our oceans. In total, the participants put in over 12,600 hours of volunteering work and raised funds for more than 40 charities, including Dove House Hospice, Aim Higher and Mind.
Tigers Trust participant Charleigh Kent, 16, said: “The opportunity to take charge and completely deliver an effective community project was amazing and quite inspiring. Our team renovated the gardens at Castle Hill Hospital and fundraised to buy lots of plants and garden furniture for patients, families and staff to enjoy. We’ve created a legacy and we hope it will continue to be looked after and enjoyed for years to come.”
Catherine Bishop, Tigers Trust CEO, commented: “Our NCS summer programme was our biggest yet. We have a passionate and dedicated team who have ensured 527 young people had the experience of a lifetime, giving them life, team and work skills. We are proud to offer our quality programme to young people across the local area and of our excellent relationships with Hull City, the EFL Trust and our many charity partners. Together, we have worked closely to make a difference.”
All students who completed the programme celebrated their achievements at a graduation event at the University of Hull yesterday.
NCS runs across England in the summer and autumn holidays and costs no more than £35, which covers the entire experience from food and accommodation to activities and travel, with bursaries available on a case-by-case basis. Young people and their parents can register their interest today on www.ncsyes.co.uk