29 November 2016
Another group of BCoT students has graduated from the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.
In a glittering ceremony recently, held at Beechdown Health and Fitness Club in Basingstoke, to celebrate the achievements of Hospitality, Catering and Health and Social Care students who took part in the scheme.
The government-led initiative is designed to help young people between 15-17 years old build skills for life and work, whilst taking on new challenges and making friends.
Split into eight teams, the learners took part in a number of activities from an adventurous residential trip to working in the local community at care-homes and homeless shelters. They also tackled a Social Action Project, where they had to plan and run a fundraising for a chosen charity. This helped them to realise that they could make a big difference by using the skills they had gained throughout the scheme.
Hospitality and Catering student, Leah Mansbridge, spoke highly of the programme, saying she was grateful for the experience.
“It was so refreshing to meet new people and face a number of challenges together. I enjoyed every second of it, especially when we held the fundraising event for KIDS, our chosen charity. We decided to run a ‘swimathon’ at the Basingstoke Aquadrome, which went exceptionally well, raising £770 for the charity.”
By the end of the programme, the students had raised over £2,500 for their chosen charities – the highest amount since the College provided the scheme.
Blown away by the commitment and desire shown from the students, lecturer, Trudy Murray, who helps to run the programme at BCoT, was eager to praise everyone who took part.
“They all worked amazingly well together and were so keen to embrace this opportunity. The experience has helped all the students develop a number of skills such as team building and confidence, which will help them excel in the future. NCS has been such a success since we started running it and the students are getting increasingly eager and determined to make a difference.”