On the evening of 22 November, five pupils from Lancing College joined 13 others from the Worthing and Adur region to celebrate completing the autumn National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.
The students spent their Advent Half Term on a ten-day NCS programme. This comprised four days on the Isle of Wight taking part in outdoor activities, three days of skills-based community workshops and volunteering, and three days working on a social action project.
The team chose to raise awareness about homelessness in their social action phase and supported local charities Worthing Churches Homeless Project and the Samaritans. Sue Stevens, PR & Fundraising Manager of Worthing Churches Homeless Project, spoke at the graduation to thank Lancing pupils, and other students from surrounding areas, for highlighting this important issue within Worthing.
Commenting on the experience, Maddie S said: "NCS was an amazing experience. The staff and leaders involved were incredibly friendly and considerate." In addition to the helpful staff, Lucas O said: "The programme improved my self-confidence. I would definitely recommend it to others; it was a positive, memorable experience."
The next opportunity to join a NCS programme is in summer 2018, when there will be two four-week long programmes taking place from 2 - 27 July and 31 July - 24 August.
NCS is a government funded scheme to encourage young people to become more active in their local communities. During the four-week programme, which includes two residential weeks away from home, the young people build upon their life skills by developing teamwork, communication and independent living skills. Each group then designs a social action volunteering project for a charity of their choice to help enhance their local community and make a difference, which further develops their confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. Find out more at www.ncsyes.co.uk.