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NCS participants with their team leaders and the Tuesday community group volunteers

Students take on National Citizen Service

31st March 2015 - The following article is reproduced by kind permission of Town and Around

Braving what must have been the wildest weather for some time, students aged between 15 and 17 took part in an overnight orienteering challenge at CITB Bircham Newton on Monday (30th March) and the following day had information sessions with volunteers from local community groups and organisations.

Co-ordinated by Matthew Bowles from National Citizen Service the two-day event is designed to help build life skills through taking on new challenges and taking part in a team project that helps the community.

NCS Team Leader Ella Fuller said; “This brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication.

“The young people here today come from the King’s Lynn, Ely, Wisbech and Hunstanton areas and they will develop a social action project to deal with a local issue they’re passionate about, and spend 30 hours putting the project into action in their community.

“The overnight session was made more difficult by the high winds that caused tents to blow away and the participants learned a great deal about teamwork!”

Tuesday sessions were provided by Richard Bird: Foodbank and the Trussell Trust, Shannen Wiles-VanDyke and James Amos: Red Wellies, Lee Torrice: Hunstanton Lifeboat Station & the RNLI, Rik and Vikki Thornton: Stroke Association, Lynne Shimell: Crossroads Care East Anglia (young adult carers), Daniel Ingram, Genene Henshaw with Guide Dog Susan, Gill Southgate with Guide Dog Yazmin: Guide Dogs Assn.

Team Leaders Ella Fuller, Stuart Spiteri-Nobbs, David Abioye, Natilie Bunton, Sasha Courtney-Jenner each took a team of around twenty students. 

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