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NCS Graduation

24 November 2017

Shrewsbury Town in the Community has NCS glory

Shrewsbury Town in the Community ran their Autumn National Citizen Service programme throughout October and November, and has hit all new heights.

Their autumn programme saw 83 young people between the ages of 15-17 from across Telford, Shrewsbury and Oswestry take part in 3 phases of activities including raft building, rock climbing, learning how to drive a car and completing a first aid qualification.

The programme aims to increase young people’s confidence and develop young people for the working world in front of them, once they finish fulltime education.

NCS at Shrewsbury Town in the Community started in 2014 where they saw just 7 young people graduate from the programme, but in summer 2018 they are set to graduate 480 young people from the local community.

Participants in the 2017 Autumn programme were surprised with a visit from Shrewsbury Town’s very own Omar Beckles, who viewed several different activities going on during the second stage of the participants journey. On the programme, he said,

“I really like it! I definitely like how those kids are getting a real life experience preparing them for entering into the real world, something which doesn’t quite happen, and it’s bridging the gap, which I really do appreciate.

“Some of the personal stories from the kids who have been on the programme and the impact the staff have had on their lives is so good, just to see that Shrewsbury Town in the Community having such an impact is amazing!”

The autumn programme saw the 83 young people raise funds and awareness for several different local charities including the Harry Johnson Trust, Autism West Midlands, Hope House and MIND. Overall, the participants throughout this one programme dedicated 2,490 hours of their time to social action projects, raising £3,541 for a range of charities, whilst also raising awareness for many more charities.

The biggest beneficiary of the programme was the Harry Johnson Trust, which received £2,677 from the young people’s social action plans.

Many prestigious people support Shrewsbury Town in the Community’s NCS programme, such as Olympic Archery star Patrick Houston, who said,

“The NCS programme develops the young people’s life skills and personalities in so many ways, pushing them outside of their comfort zones to enable them to become better adults for the future. This is what the National Citizen Service is all about, and I am proud to be a part of it.”

To find out more about the National Citizen Service programme at Shrewsbury Town in the Community, please email or call 01743 289 177 ext. 216.

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