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NCS Autumn Bespoke Projects

16 October 2019
Young people at a table

Over the Autumn 109 NCS participants took part in three different bespoke programmes across Essex.  These programmes were delivered at USP – SEEVIC Campus, Market Fields, Chelmsford College and Edith Borthwick. 

Young People from USP College were all Level 1 learners and completing NCS formed part of their enrichment hours required to complete their course.  They completed 3 different social action projects including building benches and planting trees, creating an awareness campaign around invisible disabilities and a project at Hopes Green Care Home spending valuable time with the residents. 

Building benches and planting trees to create a social space outside for Yellow Door on Canvey and then hosting an Afternoon Tea for the neighbours at a Sheltered Housing Scheme, located next door to help build relationships with them and promote the work that Yellow Door does.  The ladies from Willalla House all had a lovely afternoon and enjoyed interacting with the young people.

An awareness campaign around invisible disabilities where the group produced leaflets around disabilities that can’t always be seen including autism and epilepsy.  They distributed the leaflets to the local community by engaging with the public at shopping areas and talking about disabilities with those they spoke to.

A project with Hopes Green Care Home where the young people engaged with the residents, played games with them, painted their nails, did arts and crafts and tidied the garden area making the area more welcoming for visitors to the Care Home.  The group also did a litter pick around USP college, based on feedback from residents that there was litter around the field and lanes next to the college.  This was well received by residents who praised the group for cleaning up the local area and stopped to thank them.

Tara from the care home said –

“NCS have joined us over this week.  They have engaged with our residents, playing games of Bingo, cards, puzzles, painting nails and weeding outside.  They have been well mannered, polite and a pleasure to have.  We have enjoyed the youths joining us this week.  Thank you to the lovely team”

The Care home also commented on how it was nice to see one of the residents sit there and chat he doesn’t normally and that’s the longest he has ever engaged. 

If you are a school or college and interested in running your own bespoke NCS programme contact us on ncs@essex.gov.uk