More than 380 young people stepped up to the stage this week at two glittering events at Center Parcs to celebrate their success in life-changing projects.
The teenagers have been involved in the National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme, which is designed to support young people through residential projects and community-based fundraising activities.
The youngsters who took part in the scheme at West Nottinghamshire College have raised more than £11,000 for their chosen charities as part of the programme.
Project leader for NCS at West Nottinghamshire College, Nigel Oldham, said: “We’re completely overwhelmed also by the amount of money raised for the various charities chosen through the social action projects.
“More than £11,000 was raised through some very imaginative schemes for charities including Jigsaw, The Hall, the Sir John Eastwood Hospice, MIND, the Salvation Army and North Notts Deaf Children’s Society.”
The NCS is a government-led initiative which provides activities such as residential projects, outdoor physical challenges like orienteering and walking in the Derbyshire Peaks, taking part in sporting games and raising money for charities through group-led activities.
Groups at West Nottinghamshire College got involved in activities such as abseiling, forestry work and renovating a community garden, a triathlon, a charity fun day at a local pub and volunteering on the Cromford Canal restoration project.
Center Parcs played host to two graduation ceremonies for the 16 and 17-year-olds earlier this month. Each participant was presented with a certificate of achievement in front of proud friends and family.
Nigel added: “Yet again it has been an honour to congratulate another intake of young people through the NCS programme.
“It’s been a great success and we’ve watched many of these individuals enjoy challenging experiences, bond with new friends and bring great ideas to fruition.”
If you are interested in signing up to the scheme or other courses at West Nottinghamshire College, visit www.wnc.ac.uk.