QPR in the Community Trust are delighted to announce that our NCS (National Citizen Service) team recently received the ‘Programme of the week’ award for our Autumn 2021 programme.
Picked from a huge selection of programmes across the UK, this award is no mean feat and certainly highlights the impressive work of our NCS team over the last 12 months.
The programme took place at the heart of the club at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium as well as several venues off-site, allowing the participants to enjoy the fantastic outdoor activities west London has to offer.
Throughout the programme our NCS team engaged with over 45 young people from Hillingdon, Brent and Westminster and provided them with a variety of outdoor activities and workshops.
The fantastic outdoor activities included: Climbing the 02; Laser tag; London Bushcraft; Go-Ape.
Workshops included: Emergency life-saving skills; money management; CV & employability as well as guest speakers such as Ray Paul (founder of BBC Radio 1Xtra) who provided the young people with a taste of some careers after leaving school.
We also introduced the theme of climate change for this programme and were able to gain support from Hammersmith & Fulham Council. The young people took part in a day of workshops at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith and discussed important topics with local residents, with the Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham also in attendance and very impressed with the ideas our young people had.
The young people also had the opportunity to come up with their own social action projects and these included: Renovating a community centre in Wembley; sorting and delivering donations for the Afghan refugees in Kensington & Chelsea; and a organising a charity football match at a school in Wembley.
The overwhelming feedback from the young people was that they thought the programme was excellent. They commented on how well our staff interacted with them, how much they enjoyed meeting new people and taking part in activities they don’t normally get to do, and all felt that they had developed some essential skills to take with them.
Stephen McCarthy from QPR’s NCS team explained: “Our target for the programme was to engage with 30 young people so to be able to work with over 45 was a fantastic result. We are so glad that the participants had such a good time and we really enjoyed working with them. Hopefully now we can build off this momentum and deliver a great programme in summer 2022.”
A huge congratulations to the whole NCS team, including: Justin Stone, Stephen McCarthy, Fadi Fahr and Hamda Ismail.
If you would like to sign up to the QPR NCS summer programme please click HERE.
QPR will be running courses in Westminster, Brent and Hillingdon from June 27th through to August 26th 2022.