More than £8,500 raised for Leeds charities thanks to the Foundation NCS project..

Over the duration of 2017, more than £8,500 has been raised for worthy causes and organisations thanks to the hard work, dedication and commitment of the Leeds United Foundation’s National Citizen Service (NCS) participants.

The NCS, a national project aimed at young people aged 15-17 and ran by the Leeds United Foundation, has provided a platform for not only £8500 raised for local people but has also seen 7000 hours of community work being done in the Batley and Dewsbury area.

The money raised will go towards a variation of causes and organisations including Spark Skills, Batley Homeless Project, Candlelighters, Laura Crane Youth Trust, Heckmondwike Littletown FC, Dogs Trust, Dewsbury Moor ARLFC and Kumon Y'all.

The project lets young people engage in community initiatives, raise money for charities, enjoy residential trips to improve communication and team building skills and experience organising events for people to enjoy and take part in. NCS is also a great project to be involved in to not only improve CVs, college and University applications but to make contacts in a real work setting.

Projects organised by the NCS students with the guidance of NCS Leeds United Foundation staff include music festivals, community fun days, sponsored sleep outs, movie nights, food hand outs and market stalls.

Lindsey Whitton, NCS co-ordinator at the Foundation, said: “We are very proud of everyone who has taken part and contributed their time and effort in to making NCS a success during 2017. We have managed to raise an impressive amount of money that will go towards helping people across Kirklees.

“We have also seen a great display of community work which has not only benefitted others but helped develop our student’s confidence, communications and entrepreneurship skills.

“Thank you to everyone that has made 2017 the success it’s been and we can’t wait to see even more projects get started in 2018!”

For more information on how you can get involved in the NCS contact Lindsey on