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NCS participants making a difference

Wolves BTEC students at the City of Wolverhampton College came together this autumn to take part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme to make a positive difference within their local community.

Since last year, the Foundation have been a delivery partner of NCS, helping to unite young people and engage them with their communities and social action.

What is social action?

Social action can be anything from volunteering out in the community to fundraising or creating awareness campaigns for important issues. Ultimately, it’s all about people coming together to help improve their lives and solve the problems that are important within their community.

Harina Basra, education officer with Wolves Foundation, continues: “As part of the NCS programme, as well as participating in workshops and teambuilding activities, students had the opportunity to plan and deliver their own social action projects.

“This included spending a day alongside the canal in Wolverhampton, volunteering with the Canal and River Trust to plant daffodil bulbs that will flower next spring.

“Outdoor spaces are massively important during the Coronavirus pandemic as they provide a space to exercise, meet friends and simply enjoy some fresh air, all whilst helping people to maintain good mental health.

“By planting flowers and tidying up these areas, students helped to preserve and enhance these spaces so that they can be enjoyed by the whole community now and in the months to come.”

NCS students also took part in several other important projects as part of the programme, all again aimed at making a positive difference within the community.

“As well as volunteering, students created awareness campaigns on issues they felt passionately about, including knife crime, discrimination and how to stay safe during the pandemic,” added Harina.

“Students carried out research on these issues, creating role play scenarios and filming videos, portraying their message and raising awareness for these important causes.

“Finally, with the help of a professional graffiti artist, students were provided with the opportunity to design artwork in a graffiti style, promoting Wolves, NCS and their course. This artwork will be displayed around their college for their peers, teachers and future generations of students to enjoy.”