The National Citizen Service is an once-in-a-lifetime rite of passage for 15-17 year olds that builds skills and confidence to prepare them for success in work and in life. After team building and a Residential the Students go into the community to deliver a social action project. Team came to Kirkheaton Community Centre ready for action!
Monday 20 August: the 11 students and their Leaders Kurt and Rachel came to hear for the first time what their challenge would be. Their brief, decided by the Trustees of Yetton Together, was to put on a Charity Auction on Friday 31 August. Taking into consideration the weekend, the Bank Holiday and a day when they all went to College for their Exam results – there was just 6 days to pull it off.
We were very surprised when they also did eight other challenges besides the Auction:Two cake-bakes; Bag Packing; Dog Walking; Midnight Walk; Fun Day; Tombola at our Lego Cafe; Bingo and two Students did a sponsored cycle to Manchester.
Even though the Auction was poorly attended and there were a few minor things which didn’t go to plan, it resulted in the event being much more fun – each item being brought to the audience with flair and artistic impressions by the students. What a great team they made! It was wonderful to see the bond they had built up between them and thanks must also go to Kurt and Rachel for their part in directing these young adults.
A fantastic amount of £984 was raised which will go to the upkeep of the Community Centre and supporting groups that use our Centre.
The students commented “NCS has been shockingly amazing and working with Yetton Together has brought us closer as a team”.
Thanks go to the Volunteers who helped with the project and for all your donations towards the Auction.