This summer we have worked in partnership with National Citizenship Service (NCS) for the first year. We are pleased to announce that it was a great success to engage a group of young people into the work we do and they in turn did some valuable social action for us.
NCS is a life-changing programme open to all teenagers aged 15-17 to discover who they are and what they can do. NCS is a four-phase programme specifically designed to provide young people with all sorts of new experiences. Young people come away with a host of new skills and bags of confidence. Young people can boost their UCAS statement or CV, meet incredible people, get their voice heard and have a lot of fun.
In Huddersfield, NCS is run by Huddersfield Giants Community Trust, here is a summary of the summer 2019 programme.
Towards the end of their placements the young people have a Social Action project where plan and deliver a community project to impact a charitable organisation in the local area. This can involved different things depending on the chosen charity but often involves some form of fundraising.
KVIN were matched with Wave 3 Team 2 who were a fantastic group of 15 young people who worked with us with great enthusiasm. Claire and Dan from KVIN met the group to introduce them to KVIN and the work we do, explained sight loss and gave the young people the chance to experience different eye conditions through simulation glasses, they also had chance to learn how to guide someone with sight loss in a respectful and dignified way. We ended the session with a session of how the group could do work to benefit KVIN. It was really important for us to educate the young people about visual impairments so that they have more awareness later in life.
The group then had 2 weeks to plan and deliver their ideas and they did a huge amount for us. They made a list of local opticians and visited them to tell them about our work to raise awareness and they organised 2 fundraising activities. the first was a sponsored walk up to castle hill on an extremely hot day. The second was a Coffee morning with sight loss awareness, cake stall, raffle and technology donations. Claire and service user Dorothy went over to support the event and had a great time, even winning a raffle prize!
We were very pleased to hear that the young people raised £395 for us which will be well used to keep our valuable drop-in service running.
We would like to say a big thank you to the group, Wave 3 Team 2, for doing a fantastic job for us and really getting onboard with our ethos and work.