Leeds United NCS Local Youth Board take part in the national Social Action Day.
The Leeds United Foundation along with 10 youngsters from their National Citizen Service (NCS) programme donated their time to help make positive changes in the local community as part of Social Action Day recently.
The teenagers from North Kirklees graduated from the NCS programme in summer 2018 and they all decided to take part in the annual event that is celebrated nationally and aims to showcase the true power and impact that young people are having on local communities.
The group were on hand to help with the Hyrstlands Park clean-up campaign which was just one of hundreds of social action projects happening across the country to mark Social Action Day. As part of the clean-up the youngsters were helping with painting and general maintenance to make the park and playground area more appealing to its local community.
Carrie Megaw from the Leeds United Foundation NCS team spoke about the event and said: “We were so pleased to see so many NCS graduates coming back to help make Action Day a success in North Kirklees. The passion and drive that young people have to make a difference has been inspiring to see, and I’m proud that so many of our graduates have selflessly given up their time to engage with issues in their local area.
“Social action is a core pillar of the NCS programme and it is great to see so many young people continuing to have a positive impact on the world around them, especially after completing the programme.”
NCS is the fastest growing youth movement in the country and there have been around 500,000 young people involved to date. The programme is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 16 and 17 year olds to spend two to four-weeks building skills for employment. This involves working on resilience, confidence and leadership whilst also helping to build trust between people of different backgrounds and encourage youngsters to give back to their local communities through a social action project.
After completing the initial programme participants become an NCS graduate, they can then use the skills and experience gained to continue making their mark in their local area with the support and access given to them by the NCS staff at the club’s official charity.
Last summer in North Kirklees over 300 participants took part in the NCS programme, dedicating 9,000 hours to their local communities. If you would like to find out more about the NCS programme or would like to sign up, please click here.