FOLLOWING lockdown back in March, QPR in the Community Trust have been working hard to deliver a safe but enjoyable National Citizen Service (NCS) programme and after a successful first two weeks we are delighted to announce a second wave of the programme.
Local teenagers aged 16-17 have been enjoying QPR’s NCS programme at the Masbro Youth Centre in Shepherds Bush and have put through their paces with informative real-life workshops, as well as a social action plan which has seen the young adults working hard to improve the west London area.
Sarah Da Silva Sabrosa, one of QPR’s NCS Coordinators, spoke www.qpr.co.uk through what has been an action-packed fortnight.
“We have almost completed our Keep Doing Good programme, which is a two-week project.
“The first few days we delivered beneficial workshops, which focused on healthy living, employability, mental health and politics, this allowed our participants to gain an insight into adult life and express their view and opinions which was very interesting.
“Next, we moved onto the social action project, which is where the group was split into two and they had to plan what they wanted to do to help improve the local community. The first group chose to improve the outdoor area of a local youth club, which will give young people a new space to take advantage of.
“Whilst the second group have been working hard to improve the local nurseries garden, which will give 2-3 year olds a lot more outdoor space. Space which they couldn’t use before as it was too dangerous.
“Overall the programme has been very beneficial and hugely rewarding for everyone. They all will have gained vital life skills from this which will really benefit them in the future.”
One participant told www.qpr.co.uk: “It has been really fun, we have been doing all kinds of things, it is so nice to be able to make a difference to the community.
“We have had a few workshops which were really helpful, especially the one around employability as I am just starting to look at getting a job and it has given me some tips on it.”
Another said: “NCS has been great, it has been really good to work with other people my age and make a difference to the community.
The workshops we have also done were so helpful, we sat and did interview techniques and lifestyle habits such as healthy eating. As I am looking to go to University in a few years that has really given me confidence that I will be able to survive on my own.”
If you would like to sign up to the second wave of our NCS programme, please email [email protected] or call 08001978010