Young people from across Wolverhampton are being encourage to continue to show the community spirit generated over the last few months by volunteering with Wolves Foundation during the summer holidays.
‘Keep Doing Good’ is a project which is part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) initiative, which offers 16 and 17-year-olds the opportunity to work together as part of a personal social development initiative.
Wolves Foundation work closely with the NCS and last year’s programme included a fantastic residential in Wales, with similar activities planned for this summer only to be postponed due to Covid-19.
So now, the Foundation are hoping that young people of Year 11 age will instead sign up to offer a minimum of 16 hours of their time over the summer holidays to volunteer in their local community.
“Essentially, ‘Keep Doing Good’ is an amazing opportunity for Year 11 pupils to support Wolverhampton and help tackle community issues that already existed or have emerged due to Covid-19,” explains Harina Basra, education officer with Wolves Foundation.
“Through ‘Keep Doing Good’, pupils will be given the platform to volunteer with the Foundation and collectively make a positive impact in Wolverhampton.
“It is a national government-funded programme with the aim of bringing 15 to 17-year-olds together to help rebuild their local community, either working with existing charities or creating and delivering their own project which will have a positive impact on the community and the environment.
“We have seen during the pandemic how so many have put themselves forward to help in their local communities, and hopefully this project will prove popular for young people to come together and make their mark during what has been such a difficult time.”
One participant who would encourage taking part in the NCS scheme is 18-year-old Lewis Maybury, pictured, who is studying for the Football Academy Level 3 Diploma at the City Of Wolverhampton College, and attended last year’s residential.
“At first I was a bit sceptical about it, but it was a really good experience, using teamwork and getting involved in canoeing, raft-building, caving and rock climbing,” he says.
“Getting involved was a great way to get to know people at what was the start of the course, and I would definitely encourage people to get involved in NCS because you get a lot out of it.”