Young citizens inspired to do charity work

Youngsters with Gemma Summerfield of When You Wish Upon A Star and NCS group mentor Marielle Newton.

Youngsters with Gemma Summerfield of When You Wish Upon A Star and NCS group mentor Marielle Newton.

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A national scheme designed to equip young people with a range of skills for work and social life has been running again in the Sleaford area.

The National Citizenship Scheme (NCS) held activity sessions for groups of teenagers from across the county last week and on Thursday were visited by Gemma Summerfield of the When You Wish Upon A Star charity to give an insight into how to fundraise.

NCS cohort leader Marc Clowes explained the session at Sleaford New Life Conference Centre was designed to add to their skills development.

He said: “All 80 of them, plus adults have been on a two-day residential stay (at the previous weekend) bringing everyone together focussing on team-building and communication skills at PGL in Caythorpe and are now learning about charities in the community before planning how to make a difference in their own community through fundraising.”

He said that Gemma was an expert in putting on fundraising events and was sharing that knowledge with them so they could come up with 
ideas.

This was followed by a number of workshops on such themes as budgeting and having a voice in the community.

On Friday, the eight groups went back to their local areas to finalise their fundraising events before embarking on four Saturdays of volunteer work in the community.

Mr Clowes said the previous Tuesday had seen Coca Cola Business Enterprises visit the conference centre and each young person had to have their own role on the board of a business.

He said: “They had a presentation from our marketing department showing how to do press releases and about raising publicity, getting in your local press and showcasing the amazing things teenagers do in their communities.”

On the Wednesday they were at Lincoln Theatre Royal putting on their own short performances in groups doing sound, lighting, costume and performing to help boost confidence.