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Graduation success for National Citizen Service teenagers

Around 900 people recently descended on Citygate Church in Bournemouth for the local NCS (National Citizen Service) graduation events led by BCHA.

 400 young people, along with parents, celebrated successfully taking part in the national youth empowerment programme open to all 15-17 year olds. Over the course of four weeks the teenagers from Bournemouth and Poole volunteered 12,000 hours for 30 local Social Action projects at places such as St Walburga’s Catholic Primary School and Bournemouth War Memorial Homes, raising £6,000 in the process.

The graduation ceremony, which was held over two consecutive nights, also featured performances from local dance troupe Passion Dance, as well as Guest Speakers including Natalie Newman from Amelia’s Rainbow, International Citizen Service (ICS) Representatives and BCHA’s local National NCS Leaders Kukku George and Annabel Stalley.

32-year-old Peter Thompson from Bournemouth, who ran 44 Marathons in 44 European countries in 44 days, raising nearly £18,000 for mental health charities Livability Holton Lee and Mind, delivered the keynote talk on both nights.

Bournemouth-based charity organisation BCHA, which helps homeless and vulnerable people access the right housing, health, learning and work opportunities, is the largest provider of NCS in the Poole and Bournemouth area, which brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility.

Each course encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication, supporting young people to develop the skills and attitudes they need to get more engaged with their communities and become active and responsible citizens.

Nadir Amouri, NCS Project Co-ordinator from BCHA, commented “It’s always amazing to see the passion and enthusiasm amongst young people grow as they go through the various stages of the programme – from outward bound activities through to skills based workshops right through to the social action project.

He continues, “This story is an example of the positive impact young people can have on their communities; we just need to give them the tools, support and opportunities to realise their potential which is where programmes like NCS are so valuable.”

Anyone interested should get in touch on 01202 410550 or email NCS@bcha.org.uk

For more information visit www.ncsyes.co.uk

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Graduation success for National Citizen Service teenagers

624 parents and young people recently descended on Citygate in Bournemouth for the local NCS (National Citizen Service) graduation event led by BCHA.

The youngsters were all celebrating successfully taking part in the youth empowerment programme open to all 15-17 year olds across England, where teens volunteer for a local social action project they are passionate about. The graduation ceremony also featured performances from Dance For All and the Citygate Centre choir On Another Note.

Bournemouth-based charity organisation BCHA, which helps homeless and vulnerable people access the right housing, health, learning and work opportunities, is the largest provider of NCS in the Poole and Bournemouth area and they are now having a big recruitment drive to attract more participants, team leaders and Social Action Projects for October.

Dom Weir NCS Team Leader, from BCHA, commented “It’s always amazing to see the passion and enthusiasm amongst young people grow as they go through the various stages of the programme – from outward bound activities through to skills based workshops right through to the social action project.

He continues, “This story is an example of the positive impact young people can have on their communities; we just need to give them the tools, support and opportunities to realise their potential which is where programmes like NCS are so valuable. We’d encourage teens and potential Team Leaders across the region to sign up this October. We’re also looking for new Social Action projects in the community for NCS to help with.”

During this summer BCHA’s NCS groups volunteered over 10,000 hours of time and raised over £5,000, delivering to 23 Social Action Projects across Bournemouth Poole and East Dorset. More than 275,000 young people have signed-up to NCS nationally and it brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication, supporting them to develop the skills and attitudes they need to get more engaged with their communities and become active and responsible citizens.

When the young people complete NCS they also receive a First Aid at Work certificate, 30 hours Volunteer Certificate and a Unique NCS Graduate certificate signed by the Prime Minister.

One NCS graduate, Habiba Abbad, said of her experience, “I loved reuniting with everyone at graduation and I have NCS to thank for the amazing people I met over the summer. When they say it’s worthwhile they aren’t just saying it. I am glad I said YES!’

However, it wasn’t just the teenagers themselves that were full of praise for NCS. Parent, Anna Hickling, said, “I would highly recommend NCS to any parent of a 16/17-year-old. Great programme, brilliant leaders, amazing results all round. My daughter has grown in confidence, made friends and learnt new skills.”

While Barnardos Stokewood Children’s Centre, who used NCS to help with a Social Action Project, commented, “We found them all to be enthusiastic, polite, friendly, hardworking and imaginative. Also especially ‘Well done’ for slogging away in some of the hottest weather of the summer to help make our children’s centre look much more bright, attractive and welcoming for everyone! Huge Thank you!”

BCHA are now looking to recruit young people for future courses, plus enthusiastic individuals to support the teams of 15 to 17 year olds in and around Dorset. Finally, they are also seeking new Social Action Projects to be delivered, which will be a mix of fundraising and awareness raising campaigns in school, with some community/DIY element if possible. Work to be done during

Anyone interested should get in touch on 01202 410550 or email NCS@bcha.org.uk

For more information or to sign up to the summer programme visit www.ncsyes.co.uk

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