The Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme teamed up with more than 70 public services students from Hillsborough College for this year’s Spring National Citizen Service (NCS).
NCS, a government-funded youth programme, is designed to bring together young people from diverse backgrounds to teach team work and communication skills within their local community.
The programme helped facilitate Hillsborough students, aged 16-17, to take part in various community based projects to help benefit others in the Sheffield area.
As well as going on special trips to take part in outdoors activities, students had the opportunity to organise various charity events and do voluntary work in the community.
To build up team work and communications skills, students travelled to Malham in North Yorkshire to take part in caving, climbing and a 15-mile walk across the Yorkshire Dales.
One voluntary event saw the students organise a cake sale in aid of The Fable Charity – an organisation that raises the awareness of epilepsy.
Other voluntary activities included car washing, clearing outdoor spaces and gardening.
Lucy Shuttleworth, the NCS Co-ordinator at Sheffield Wednesday, said: “The bake sale has been a huge success and demonstrates how hard the young people have worked.
“It’s been a privilege to work with such a great group of young people from Hillsborough College and it’s great to see how NCS can positively impact on local communities.”
As recognition for all the hard work and success of the spring NCS Programme, a graduation event was held at Hillsborough to celebrate the achievements of the young people.
Sheffield Wednesday defender Reda Johnson attended the event to hand out the certificates to the students that took part.
Lucy added: “NCS has been a huge success again this Spring and it’s great for the young people to be rewarded with a player like Reda handing out the certificates and recognising their fantastic achievements.”
If you are or will soon be aged 16 - 17, NCS is an opportunity that will help you build up work and life skills. It’s also a great way to take on new challenges and meet new friends.
If you are interested in taking part in this summer’s NCS programme please contact Lucy Shuttleworth by email - firstname.lastname@example.org or call the community office on 0114 221 2215.