Young people who completed the NCS programme this summer with Weymouth College were given the opportunity to celebrate their successes and achievements with friends and family at a graduation ceremony.

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government backed scheme aimed at making young people aged 16-17 more socially aware and responsible, whilst developing their skills and confidence.  During the 4-week summer programme the young people took part in a range of adventurous activities including climbing, kayaking and mountain biking but most importantly worked together to plan and deliver a community project, and make a difference in their local community. 

Programme Coordinator Katy Parker said “We had over 100 young people from the South Dorset area take part in NCS with us this summer.  In total they fundraised over £2500 and gave up over 3000 hours of volunteering – that is a remarkable achievement and they should all be incredibly proud of themselves” .

Recipient of one of the groups efforts was Jonathon Bayliff who is involved with the Portland Foodbank.  He said “we were the real winners – we were very impressed with your young people.  In absolutely awful conditions they did a marvellous job beautifying the hall and our Foodbank clients are routinely very moved to be getting the treat boxes the students prepared and wrapped up for them.”

Graduate Kiera Boles said “NCS was amazing!  I had so much fun and made so many news friends.  I’d recommend it to anyone!”.

NCS will be running again in the autumn during October half term.  If you or someone you know would like to find out more about getting involved email [email protected] or visit the Weymouth College website for more information.

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