My NCS Experience!

So I thought that I should explain where I was on my 4-week blogging break. As this experience is HEAVILY DETAILED, I thought it would be easier breaking it down into each week using pictures to explain what I did and of course I'll include a "brief" description about each week!

Before I even say anything I need to actually sum up what NCS is.
(good thinking Tomi)

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a way for 15 to 17 year olds living in England and Northern Ireland to make extraordinary friendships, learn the skills they don’t teach you in class and create unforgettable memories. It takes place outside of term time in spring, summer and autumn – each one is a little different but equally amazing. NCS aims to bring 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. Participants 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.

Week 1: Kingswood Activity Centre!

So our first week of NCS was all about ADVENTURE & CHALLENGE. We went to Kingwood Activity Centre where the kids had to participate in many activities such as Climbing, Team Challenge, Zip Wire, Archery and of course Smashball - which my team excelled in! I've never been much of a sporty-gal but smashball brought something out of me! My team came 3rd out of like 10 groups and we won all our matches apart from one where we drew with the other team. I guarantee if we won that match, we would have come 1st but we still placed in a great position! So much happened within this week and to write it all down will just make this blog-post really clunky so I refuse to continue hehe ;). To summarise the entire week, it was all about working together as a group and depending on each other to complete any challenges that we were presented with. I didn't expect to be given such a great group and by the end of this week, I knew that I had something special with all of my kids.

My Kids!
(well we're supposed to call them young people but I didn't like the way that sounded)

Last Day Pictures :)

Week 2: University of Bedfordshire!

I felt like I was going back to where I belong when this week came around! This was our Residential Week, which we spent at the University of Bedfordshire. This week was to teach our kids how to be independent and to learn some life skills that they could take home with them. In the previous week, we got the kids to create a food order from Tesco's. This was for them to be able to cook meals for each other when we had breakfast, lunch & dinner at the University EVERYDAY. This was a task itself as it seemed like mission impossible. I enjoyed this task though - my kids could cook! We started off really strong and then throughout the week kinda mellowed out, but at least I ate everyday so that's all that mattered. This week was the best week by far as I led many of the sessions that we had to teach the kids when we had our classes and the other team leaders and I grew closer with one another throughout the entire week. I still love the fact that on the last day at Uni all the team leaders played run outs at like 10pm as we just needed to break away from our duties and actually have some fun! Residential week was certainly the best, but as this was coming to an end I knew that the last two weeks were going to be much harder as we had a lot of work in store for us all.

Week 3 & 4: S.A.P (Social Action Planning)

So here's to the last two weeks of NCS. For our Social Action Project we chose to raise money for Cancer Research UK by volunteering to help bag-pack at Tesco's, put on a Coffee Morning & have a Football Match that included Henna, Facepainting and many more exciting things. Each of these events went really well and in total we raised £524.95! Our target was £200 and by the end of the week we easily beat our target on the first day when we worked at Tesco's. I am INSANELY PROUD of all my kids; they did so well to raise so much money in such a short amount of time. Saying my goodbye's with all of them were so bittersweet due to the fact that I had to travel up to see them each day for work as NCS wasn't based in my area. I'm excited to see what the future holds for us all, can't wait to cross paths with them all again.

So that's my NCS experience summed up quite nicely :)

What a great, interesting & challenging experience it was working with kids for 4 weeks. I'm going to miss them all and my squad of team leaders. Link up soon come, see you all at graduation!

"Say YES to NCS!"

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