ITC NCS Graduates Celebrate At Shrewsbury Town
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"I’ve enjoyed and learned so much from this course that I will be volunteering on the October NCS program and hopefully in the future I can become a member of the NCS staff to make sure that other people get the same opportunities that I have had.”
NCS graduate Kallum Gall, 16, is adamant that he will continue to build on his NCS legacy.
“This course a big bridge for young people from formal education to life.
“Everything they’ve done here will happen in real life and now it’s all about being able to depend on themselves.”
Councillor Ioan Jones was in now doubt how important the NCS course is when it comes to making the transition to teenager to adulthood.
Throughout the course, which has included learning to drive, self-defence, camping, canoeing, and much more, the young people also put together their own social action project and raised a total of £4,500 for six charities including Make a Wish Foundation, Severn Hospice, Cancer Research, Help for Heroes, Samaritans and Hope House.
“A lot of them were in the same classes in school and college and hardly spoke to one another – now it’s fair to say that they are all really good friends.
"Many of them are even talking about taking on the International NCS together which is amazing.
“After speaking with parents and legal guardians after the graduation you can sense how proud they are of their child for what they have accomplished and the way they have gone about doing it.”
“I knew each and every single one of them had that fire in their belly when they started six weeks ago, it just required a bit of needing to get it out of them,” she said.
And Jade feels the positive effect the last six weeks has had on everyone is something that will help them in the next chapters of their lives.
"The night was fantastic, we couldn’t have asked for it to go any better.
"We had special guests speaking to everyone as well as four of our graduates going on stage and addressing a very big crowd, which is a daunting task.
"We’ve even had Tinie Tempah send over a video link to all the participants." She said:
The NCS programme, which is designed to teach young people between the ages of 15-17 crucial life skills and a sense of social responsibility, has risen in popularity over the last 12 months and the difference it is making in the lives of those who take part is very noticeable, according to NCS Coordinator Jade Hibbert.
Over 100 people turned up at Greenhous Meadow on Wednesday evening to celebrate the fantastic achievement by all 42 young people, including Deputy Mayor of Shrewsbury Councillor Ioan Jones, who presented certificates and posed for photos with every graduate.
Teenagers from across Shropshire graduated in style having completed their summer National Citizen Service with Shrewsbury Town in the Community.