BCHA's NCS department recently received this letter from someone that had just taken part in the NCS Leaders course.
Hi my name is Annabel Stalley and last week I took part on NCS leaders course and I thought I would tell you about my experience.
Making the decision to apply to the course is honestly the best thing I have ever done. I met a group of the most amazing and inspirational people and formed bonds that I know I will keep forever. I was put into Team 3 with 10 other people that i didn't know and by the end of the week I felt like they - along with my two leaders - were my family.
I learned so much about myself over the week by throwing myself into situations that I wouldn't normally be comfortable in. My highlight would have to be doing the presentation on Thursday in front of 200+ people. This is because I have always been very shy and struggled with my confidence, as a result public speaking is something I would never have dreamed of doing. When my leaders heard of this they were extremely supportive towards me and helped me practise what I was going to say until I was comfortable, my team was also amazing in giving me support and tips about public speaking. I have never been more proud of myself for doing something than I was on Thursday after successfully finishing the presentation.
Another highlight for me was completing the London challenge on Tuesday as I think it brought my whole team closer together and we bonded a lot that day.
Leaders week has inspired me to do more volunteer work and try and make an impact in my community. I am keen to do as much as I can with NCS and eventually start my own Social Action Project.
Thank you for the opportunity!