College hosts NCS charity ‘Speed Dating’

Cirencester College has recently hosted National Citizen Service (NCS) participants and local charities, as part of a ‘speed dating’ event.

The fifty 15-16 year olds questioned guest presenters to establish which worthy causes to support for their Social Action Project.

Cotswold MP, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, joined the students in listening to the charity presentations.

“It was fantastic to meet with local NCS  participants in Cirencester and chat about their experiences on programme,” said MP Clifton-Brown.

“NCS is a brilliant opportunity for young people to get out of their comfort zone and lead on social action projects that have a real impact on their local community,” he added.

While at the College, the NCS participants heard from seven amazing causes, including:

  • Big Yellow Bus Project
  • The Pied Piper Appeal
  • Friends of Paternoster School
  • Winston’s Wish
  • Cirencester Housing for Young People (CHYP)
  • The Churn Project
  • Goals Beyond Grass

Participants asked engaging questions, such as ‘What age are people who access your service?’ and ‘When can people access support for bereavement?’

The group learned that people as young as 19 access the vital shelter provided by the Big Yellow Bus Company. Goals Beyond Grass also shocked participants by sharing that their oldest power chair footballer was an incredible 102 years old!

Overall, the day was overwhelmingly positive with the young people learning about the impact of local charities across Cirencester and beyond.

Participants will now have the opportunity to raise awareness for their chosen charities at a range of local venues. These include Love Parks, Stratton Football Club, and local supermarkets among others.

 

For more on this story, please contact Izaac.cole@cirencester.ac.uk