Community Lincs is delighted to welcome a team of young people who will be working with the charity and Volunteer Centre Services over the next few weeks. The young people have all volunteered as part of the National Citizen Scheme (NCS), which enables young people to join with local businesses and social leaders to learn new skills for work and life and discover more about their area through delivering local volunteering projects that matter to them. The young people will be out and about in the Sleaford community over the coming weeks, during this time they will be based at the Community Lincs office.
Whilst the students are based at Community Lincs, they will be undertaking a youth-led consultation with young people, where they will focus on their views and opinions on living in Sleaford, community cohesion and engagement as well as what other young people would like to see in Sleaford.
“This is the first time that Community Lincs has worked with young people in partnership with the National Citizen Scheme and we are delighted to welcome them to our organisation.” said Gail Jackson, CEO of Community Lincs “It’s a great opportunity for us to work with local young people and the VCS. We are excited to see what they will bring to the project in these two weeks, and how this experience will benefit both them and our local community.”
“One of our Project Workers here at Community Lincs is a former NCS participant and she will be working closely with the young people during their time with us.”
Rebecca Kerry, Community Lincs Project Worker, spoke of her NCS experience, “For me it changed my career path, really opening lots of avenues of interest. It was a really good learning experience as you and your friends have to work independently, gaining life skills and transferable skills. NCS inspired me to stay in development and has really informed my career path.”
Community Lincs is working with the local Sleaford branch of the Volunteer Centre Services who support volunteers and voluntary and community organisations across West Lincolnshire. “We are looking forward to hearing from the young people in our area and their ideas on what they think Sleaford has to offer to the community, especially for their age group.”, said Caty Collier, Area Coordinator Voluntary Centre Services (North Kesteven), “Being involved with the local NCS project enables us to build our relationship with Community Lincs whilst working with local young people to enable them to participate in social action”
The EBP is the regional delivery partner for National Citizen Service and works in partnership with schools and businesses to deliver the scheme. “We are delighted to be supporting NCS social action this summer, helping young people to make a positive difference in their community.”