Teens graduate after a month of community based projects

NCS graduates at WNC
NCS graduates at WNC

Thousands of pounds has been raised by young people who have completed the National Citizen Scheme, NCS.

More than 380 young people were at Centre Parcs graduation ceremony to recognise their achievements in life-changing projects.

Two groups took part in the voluntary programme which was being run from West Nottinhamshire College.

Project leader for NCS at West Nottinghamshire College, Nigel Oldham, said: “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.

“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.

The groups got involved in activities such as abseiling, forestry work and renovating a community garden, a triathlon, a charity fun day at a pub and volunteering on the Cromford Canal restoration project.