North Devon teenagers help their communities

Members of NCS Team 6 and their tutors at Petroc in Barnstaple.

Members of NCS Team 6 and their tutors at Petroc in Barnstaple. - Credit: Archant

Young people taking part in the National Citizen Service scheme get stuck into voluntary work.

YOUNG people across North Devon are spending time this summer learning about themselves and their communities as part of the National Citizen Service.

The government funded project for 16 and 17-year-olds is aimed at helping young people with their social development, through a series of individual and team challenges.

They are assigned to teams, each of which will spend two weeks on residential trips, plus another week at Petroc in Barnstaple, before each person finishes by completing some 30 hours of voluntary work in their community.

In their third week, each team is asked to come up with their own social project, to help raise money and awareness for their chosen charities or good causes.


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After completing residential weeks in Wales and at Kingsley School in Bideford, the members of NCS Team 6 selected North Devon Hospice as their charity, following a visit to the hospice at Newport.

The group organised and ran a coffee morning at St Peter’s Church in Barnstaple on Friday and this coming week they will be working to help build a shed at a community allotment in Ilfracombe.

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Other teams have also been busy – NCS Team 8 has chosen to support the Chemotherapy Appeal and is holding a Best of British tea morning at Barnstaple Parish Church Hall on Friday (August 16) from 9.30am-12.30pm, with creams teas and refreshments on offer.

They are also planning a sponsored hair dye and head shave.

Meanwhile, NCS Team 12 is holding a coffee morning and teddy bear collection on Monday (August 19) at the hall, from 10am-12noon, for Children’s Hospice South West. On Thursday and Friday (August 15/16) they will be in Barnstaple High Street asking people to donate quality soft toys to their Teddy Appeal to help raise money.

All 11 teams will be attending a graduation ceremony at Braunton academy on Friday, August 23.

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