Giving back to the community

Young people use Summer holidays to give back to their community

September 28, 2016

FINDING something constructive to do during the school holidays is often an issue but a group of young people from the Swindon area had discovered a rewarding solution.

The 15 to 17 year olds spent four weeks as part of the National Citizenship Service (NCS) supporting services that help other young people in the town.

Tasked with creating a project to give something back closer to home, the group approached Swindon Youth Restorative Services – who deliver counselling, domestic violence and substance abuse initiatives for young people – to pitch an idea for how they could help.

NCS Team Leader Mary Francis, 18, from Cricklade, said: “NCS is aimed at 15 to 17 year olds from the Swindon area. “It’s designed to help people who have just left school to develop as young adults over a four week programme. “These young people come up with social action projects – all their own ideas!”

One group went out and about in Lydiard Park engaging with the public, particularly other teenagers, to talk about the services on offer in Swindon and to discuss ideas about help and support. They also filmed short videos which are now hosted here – so see for yourself!

NCS participant, 16-year-old Will Aitken, from Royal Wootton Bassett, said: “Quite a few of the people we know have been helped by the services we’re supporting, and so we wanted to give back to them.”

Fellow participant, Sol Doran, 16 and also from Royal Wootton Bassett, said: “The whole programme was really enjoyable. “It’s good to be able to do something productive over the holidays – if we weren’t doing NCS we’d just be sitting around doing nothing and I’d hate that.”


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