Rams captain Shaun Barker to be guest of honour at volunteer event at Derby College
Rams Captain Shaun Barker will be talking to young people about the importance of team work at an information evening at Derby College to recruit this summer’s National Citizen Service (NCS) volunteers.
The Rams star will be the guest of honour at the event at The Roundhouse in Pride Park on on Wednesday March 13 at 7pm - designed to showcase the range of opportunities available to young people who are or will be aged 16 and 17 this summer through the programme organised locally by Derby College and Derby County in the Community.
More than 500 young people are expected to take part locally in NCS this summer, which is the Government’s flagship personal and social development programme enabling them to make a positive difference to their local communities.
The scheme starts in July, when the NCS participants will develop their team building and problem solving skills through a series of outdoor activities in the Peak District including raft-building, climbing, abseiling and zip-wiring.
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They will research local projects to find out more about local issues and then develop a voluntary work programme which will be completed by the end of August.
Last summer more than 120 local young people were involved in the project run by Derby College and this will be expanded this year with the involvement of Derby County in the Community.
Community projects completed last year ranged from building an eco-greenhouse made of recycled plastic bottles at the College’s Little Explorers Nursery and a scarecrow trail to entertain visitors to the Food Hub - both at Broomfield Hall; to redecorating the YMCA Crash Pads hostel for young people in Derby and landscaping work at St Werburgh’s nursing home in Spondon.
An independent evaluation of the 2011 programme indicated that the most significant impact of the scheme was on essential employment skills, in particular teamwork, leadership and communication.
The proportion of young people saying they were planning to continue in education after NCS increased from 27% to 34% and 95% of young people reported that NCS gave them the chance to develop useful skills for the future.
Minister for civil society, Nick Hurd, said: “As NCS continues to grow, an increasing number of young people across the country are benefitting from the superb opportunities on offer.
“I am delighted that in 2013 Derby College and Derby County in the Community will be providing young people in Derby and Derbyshire with the chance of a lifetime to develop their skills, take on new challenges and adventures, meet new people from a range of backgrounds and have a lot of fun along the way.
“NCS is going from strength to strength, as our independent evaluation reflects, and there is no question that the scheme is having a hugely positive impact on participants who complete the programme.”
Derby College director of enterprise and innovation Louise Curd said: “Last year’s NCS programme was a huge success and provided young people with a fantastic opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and then make a real difference to local communities by volunteering their time in a project that they themselves had chosen and developed.
“The programme gives young people a constructive way to begin their journey into adulthood after they leave school. Participants gain lifelong skills from the scheme by working together to budget and plan, whilst also engaging with their local community.”
Simon Carnall, Head of Community at Derby County in the Community, concluded: “We are really excited to be working with Derby College to deliver the National Citizen Service this year.
“We have seen from the great work delivered by Derby College last year the positive impact NCS has on young people and are delighted to be now supporting the delivery of the programme in Derbyshire.
“It promises to be an exciting project and we look forward to creating further opportunities for young people throughout the county in this flagship programme.”
Among the local young people who took part in the programme last year was Reine Greene, 16, from Littleover, who said: “The summer holidays can be really boring and I wanted to do something positive to help the local community, learn new skills and make new friends.”
Kieran Truby-Ware, 17, from Spondon, added: “This has been a great experience and I hope that many other young people will take this opportunity next year to be involved in something so worthwhile and so much fun.”