Teenagers from Sheffield are celebrating after completing a National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme with Sheffield Wednesday.
A total of 83 out of 90 participants finished the course, hosted by the SWFC Community Programme, which aims to give young people the opportunity to learn new skills and get experience that helps with CVs or college applications.
The Government scheme, now in its second year, saw over 30,000 16-year-olds across the country getting involved and making difference to their local community while developing crucial life skills.
The project gave the youngsters the opportunity to visit RAF Cranwell for a week of team building activities.
They then enjoyed a four night stay on campus at the University of Sheffield as they planed the delivery of social action projects to benefit local people.
Six projects, from organising fun days and coffee mornings to litter picking and clearing rivers, took place across Sheffield and as a result over £1,000 was raised for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Hallam FM’s Cash for Kids.
The volunteers have gained invaluable experience and SWFC and the NCS participants would like to thank the following community partners who helped make this happen:
Winn Gardens Tenants and Residents Association, Art in the Park, Parson Cross Forum, Longley 4G Community Centre, Hillsborough Library, Hillsborough Arena Sports Association, Sutton Play Forum, Friends of Richmond Park, and Sanctuary Housing in Shiregreen.
SWFC Social Inclusion Manager Matt Bray said: “This is the second year we’ve hosted the NCS programme and it really has gone from strength to strength.
"The young volunteers have made a big difference in the local community and hopefully, in turn, taking part in these activities will help them in their chosen career path.”
SWFC is running NCS during Autumn 2012 - if you are 16-17 and would like to take part please contact the Community Programme on 0114 2212 215.