Sheffield teens give back to community

The NCS programme in action
The NCS programme in action
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A week of social action projects has allowed a group of teenagers to give something back to the community.

The National Citizens Service programme is a chance for those in school years 11 and 12 to spend a month together learning skills, building confidence and lending a hand at community groups.

Youngsters taking part in the NCS programme

Youngsters taking part in the NCS programme

The Sheffield United Community Foundation’s NCS scheme is run three times a year - and its first programme involved youngsters helping out in the community.

Sheffield City Amateur Boxing Club, now based at the former Sharrow junior school building in South View Road, was overhauled by the group, including fresh paint in red, white and blue colours inside its gym.

Another team organised a fundraising bingo night to generate cash for The Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Organiser Shereen Hutton said: “It raised money for hospital but it was also aimed at bringing together people of all different ages across Sheffield which ties in really well with the NCS ethos - engaging the community and breaking down inter-generational barriers.

“There was a silent auction and a raffle, and referee Howard Webb donated a signed yellow and red card, which went for £300 - so we were very pleased with that - and they raised £1,156 in total.”

A ‘green thumbs’ team decided it would give back to the community by travelling around Sheffield and cleaning up green spaces.

Members visited Ecclesall woods and spoke to the National Trust about how to recycle waste they collected.

The government-funded scheme is being delivered by several organisations including Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday and the Sheffield Sharks basketball team.

United’s next scheme is already underway - beginning with a week in the Lake District, and a week where youngsters live in university accommodation and learn to budget and buy for themselves.

The third set of sessions will start on August 4 - and the scheme is looking for more people to whom it can lend a hand.

“We’re looking for organisations or groups in Sheffield we can help,” said Shereen.

“The only criteria is they must benefit the community. It’s very broad.”

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