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Teenagers support their community with NCS

From rejuvenating a community centre, to fundraising for the homeless, to raising awareness for important social issues, young people taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) with the Robins Foundation have had a significant impact on the local community.

The first wave of young people to embark on the project with the Foundation back in August, identified a South Bristol community centre as the focus of their social action project. The facility (then named South Bristol Sports Centre), had acted as a community hub for thousands of people across the city, but had been closed for more than two years as a result of a serious fire which had caused catastrophic damage.

The group of young people were keen to help the facility get back up and running as soon as possible to enable it to serve the community once more.

The group cleared more than 50 bags worth of rubbish from the facility – which had been subject to significant trespassing over the lockdown period – helped restore the changing facilities and rejuvenated an outside area. This work was essential in enabling the centre to reopen on time.

“I really wanted to help my community get back on it’s feet after what has been a really difficult time.” Commented NCS participant, Jamie White.

“South Bristol Sports Centre has helped so many people in Bristol and gives people the chance to engage in something positive and that is something that I really wanted to support.”

The second wave of young people on the Robins Foundation’s NCS programme identified the homeless crisis in Bristol as an issue which they wished to tackle and decided to do so by fundraising for local charity ‘Help Bristol’s Homeless’.

The group set out on a sponsored walk around Bristol, taking in nine iconic landmarks across the city whilst doing so.

The group used the walk as an opportunity to also raise awareness for the issue of homelessness in the area and the fantastic work being carried out by Help Bristol’s Homeless by featuring on local radio station BBC Bristol and engaging with members of the public whilst completing the sponsored walk.

The youngsters efforts raised more than £300 for the charity.

"The current situation with COVID-19 has really highlighted how much we need to support those in need in our community and, as a group, we were really aware of the homelessness crisis that exists in Bristol." Said Eugene Furniss, one of the young people taking part in NCS.

"We therefore wanted to do something to help the homeless and that is why we have chosen to raise money for Help Bristol's Homeless." 

The most recent wave of young people taking part in NCS with the Robins Foundation saw 96 youngsters come together to make a difference in their community.

With the group split into smaller sub teams, the young people identified a number of charities they wished to support including: MindOff The RecordRonald MacDonald House and Square Food Foundation.

Over the course of the NCS project, the young people took part in a variety of fundraising activities, ranging from walking the steps of Ashton Gate Stadium to completing a sponsored walk around Bristol. These activities raised more than £1000 for their selected charities.

In addition to this fundraising, the groups also worked to raise awareness for a number of important social issues such as mental health amongst young people and the impact of hate crimes in sport.

NCS will return with the Robins Foundation this summer, contact Carly Price for further information.

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