A request was put out to all Cornish MP’s to visit NCS students whilst on their summer programme and a great response was received. Sarah Newton MP for Truro & Falmouth visited Young People Cornwall students at Zebs in Truro and is due to visit again towards the end of the summer. Sheryll Murray MP for South East Cornwall and Scott Mann MP for North Cornwall visited BF Adventure and Cornwall College students at Siblyback Lake during their first week of activities. Steve Double MP St Austell and Newquay and George Eustice MP Camborne, Redruth and Hayle are also due to visit towards the end of the programme.
NCS (National Citizen Service) is a unique four week full-time programme focused around fun and discovery, plus 30 hours committed to a community project that benefits both young people and society. On this government backed programme participants build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and adventures, making new friends, and contributing to their community.
The first two weeks of the programme is residential, the first week is based at Siblyback Lake or BF Adventure and the second week at Tremough Campus. Young People Cornwall, Cornwall College and BF Adventure work closely together combining their programmes to provide a unique experience and allows the young people every opportunity to meet and engage with other Cornish students enrolled in the programme.
The last two weeks of the programme students learn more about their local community, discover its challenges and address its issues. They have the opportunity to learn about fundraising, money management, sourcing materials and resources and marketing their project. As a group they will design their own action plan and work on a project they feel passionate about.
This year BF Adventures NCS students supported Penhalion’s Friends, Surfers Against Sewage, Carly Tayor Fighting Back and Finn’s Army. The three groups of 15 raised in total in excess of £1,300 for local charities. They organised and project managed a dog show, summer fete, tombola and lucky dip at RNAS Culdrose, sponsored abseil off the Maritime Museum and bag packing at local supermarkets. The young people also raised awareness for their charity with litter picking at local beaches and supported animal charities such as Flicker Foundation with helping hands. The students would like to say a huge thank you to all the local businesses that supported their projects and donated gifts for prizes. This year has been a huge success so far with the final groups preparing to start their second week of the programme.
NCS teaches young people things they would not necessarily learn in a classroom. Recognised by UCAS and employers, NCS gives graduates a CV which stands out and will also give them the confidence to deliver more professional interviews. A graduation event is organised at Hall for Cornwall in October for over 300 young people and their families to celebrate their achievements.
To get involved with NCS or find out more go to ncsyes.co.uk