Safe in Tees Valley News
NCS Action Day 18th March 2017
Young people from across the North East joined forces this weekend to celebrate National Citizen Service’s (NCS) Action Day, supported by Santander. On Saturday 18 March, hundreds of NCS graduates from the region were out and about across the North East shouting loud and proud about the community projects they organised.
NCS Action Day is a celebration of the amazing difference these young people make to their local community, with the hope of inspiring others to do the same. In our region, NCS graduates ran a series of exciting activities to make their mark on NCS Action Day.
Safe in Tees Valley's NCS graduates created a short film clip which promotes the Time to Change campaign and are urging friends and family to share the content on social media. They were awarded a UK Youth Change Squad grant of £400 to have their film clip professionally edited and pens printed with the name of the film clip to encourage people to search for it on YouTube. The group visited the Hillstreet Shopping Centre in Middlesbrough to spread the word about the campaign to local residents. Their film clip gained at least 4,038 views on Saturday alone so they are really pleased with their campaign and hope that is gets youngsters talking about mental health more confidently. Have a look at their film clip now by clicking on this link: Link to YouTube Video
Michael Lynas, CEO of NCS, says: “We are extremely proud of our North East graduates and NCS Action Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate their incredible achievements. It’s great to see how many young people have rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in with community projects across the UK, showing their commitment and passion for making a positive change in their local area.
"We hope this weekend will shine a light on those projects and galvanise other teenagers to do the same.“
NCS graduate coordinator Aelred Robinson spoke out in praise of the local graduates’ work: “Young people get a taste of social action and volunteering when they take part in NCS during the summer or autumn holidays. It has been great to see so many of our NCS graduates carry on their fantastic work on NCS Action Day. The amount of incredible activities taking place right across the region is testament to their skills and ambition.“
Find out more about NCS’ summer programme for 15-17 year olds by contacting Safe in Tees Valley's NCS Team on 01642 664442.