Young people often get a bad rap and if you believe the hype, the ‘snowflake’ generation is either too scared or just ‘not up to’ a challenge.
But BCHA’s latest National Citizenship Service (NCS) Graduation, held at Bournemouth’s Citygate Church, was living proof that Generation X is not only up to a challenge, they want to do it for themselves and others.
Four hundred, 15-17 year olds met the physical challenge of NCS - mountain boarding, coasteering, paintballing, quad biking, paddle boarding and rock climbing during a residential on the Isle of Wight.
But for many, the real challenge came in the money they had to raise and the difference they undoubtedly made to 36, social action projects.
Their hard work and determination was there for all to see; in a redesigned garden at a domestic abuse refuge, the support they gave to cancer patients alongside Wessex Cancer Trust, and the transformation of an unloved, box room at the Cherry Tree Nursery horticultural project into a relaxing, comforting space for service users, to name just a few.
As well as boosting their communication skills and their confidence these young people had volunteered hours to these social action projects estimated to be worth £93,000.
BCHA, which has been helping homeless and vulnerable people for 50 years, is proud to be the largest provider of the NCS in the Poole and Bournemouth area.
We run courses run in the summer and autumn and want to hear from young people and potential team leaders interested in signing up.
All NCS participants receive a First Aid at Work certificate, 30 hours Volunteer Certificate and a Unique NCS Graduate certificate signed by the Prime Minister Theresa May.
It also looks great on your CV.
We would also like to hear from social action projects which would benefit from NCS help.
You can email us directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 01202 410550, where project leaders will be happy to answer questions.
The next blog post will be touching on our latest “changemakers” story, where the heart-warming story of a previous participant on our employability and skills service, Ignite, will be told.