Going the extra mile: Young people in Sheffield complete 7-mile walk, raising money for a Cancer Charity

A group of determined young people recently embarked upon a 7-mile sponsored walk, raising £185.40 towards Cavendish Cancer Care.

The inspiring young group comprised of NCS Changemakers with Sheffield United Community Foundation, who embarked upon a mission to raise money to support cancer patients and families who have undergone such challenging times.

NCS Changemakers compromise of 25 NCS graduates, who meet up regularly to make a real, positive impact in the community. As part of Changemakers, the young people launch a social action project, with the intention of positively impacting their community.

For their project, the young group felt personally motivated to raise money, as members of the group themselves have known people close to them, who have been affected by cancer.

Thus, the young people decided to embark upon a 7-mile sponsored walk and raise £185.50 for Cavendish Cancer Care. The group also thought the walk would benefit themselves, as it would provide a good break from exam-related stress they were experiencing.

Cavendish Cancer Care had this to say about the project:

“The support that we get from organisations like Sheffield United Community Foundation’s NCS Changemakers makes all the difference to our charity. £185.40 will help to provide 6 sessions of therapy and support for people facing cancer. As a charity, we are heavily reliant on the generosity of others to keep our centre open, and it was great to see these young people taking the time and effort on Saturday to walk between Sheffield and Rotherham in aid of us.”

Additionally, the young people encouraged that it would provide a good opportunity of reflection for all the group, in sharing their own personal experiences of how cancer has affected them.

Fern and Alex were some of the young Changemakers involved and commented on their motivations to undertake the project.

Fern:

“A close school friend of mine died from cancer last year. He received fantastic care from charities and hospitals. I would wish anyone with cancer to receive the same loving care.”

Alex:

“I have not lost anyone in my life because of cancer but I think that what Cavendish Cancer Care do as a charity for those who are affected by cancer is brilliant! The sponsored walk was worth every step for the charity, and it was also enjoyable to get to spend time with the other young people.”

To find out more about NCS, please click here.

“When its dark, look for stars” Young people on NCS in Rotherham launch project to spread positivity and mental health awareness

A young group of inspiring NCS Changemakers with Rotherham United Community Sports Trust have launched a project to spread positive thinking, mental health awareness and to raise money for Young Minds, a local mental health charity. The group set up a variety of different initiatives at Rotherham United’s game against Oxford United this month which was their dedicate NCS Matchday

The NCS Matchday celebrated the success of Rotherham’s NCS programme. NCS is the ultimate experience for young people aged 16-17, in which they are given the opportunity to make new friends, develop new skills and create new memories. NCS Changemakers compromise of 25 NCS graduates, who meet up regularly to make a real, positive impact in the community, as part of this, the Changemakers undertake a social action project, which aims to implement their quest for positive change.

For their social action project, the Rotherham teens came together and decided they wanted to raise awareness about mental health and provide information of how people can receive help if they need someone to talk to. The initiative is part of the ‘Impact’ project which is an ongoing project where young people have been designing and selling merchandise, to raise money for localised mental health groups in Rotherham.

The young people recognised that as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, a lot of young people suffered with bad mental health and ended up taking their own lives. Thus, the group were inspired to turn their passion into action.

We talked to Abbie Pearson, who was one of the NCS Changemakers involved. Abbie comments:

“We wanted to work with a mental health charity as it’s something that everyone has a connection to. Young Minds was important to us as it works specifically with our age group. Following the Coronavirus pandemic it is important for young people to be able to access support. NCS match day was targeting young people, so it seemed important to use this opportunity to spread positivity and share the message of what Young Minds do. As a group we agreed that we just wanted to offer support and put a smile on some people’s faces with our positive messages.”

The group utilised the busy attendance at Rotherham United’s Matchday, as they held a stall in front of the New York Stadium, containing a large amount of positive merchandise from the ongoing ‘Impact’ project. The merchandise held powerful messages such as, ‘When it’s dark, look for stars’ to encourage people to think positively during difficult times.

The Changemakers were also hands-on, as they ventured around the stadium with leaflets to reinforce the strong messages and buckets to raise money for Young Minds.

Julia, from Young Minds Charity had this to say about the project:

“We are always grateful of people fundraising and raising awareness in regards to Mental Health. There are many people out there who need someone to talk to but may not know where to find the help or feel too introverted to ask for it.”

“A club like Rotherham Utd can do wonders and reach a lot of people who might not usually come forward – they might have saved some lives just by being there with contact details. It’s great to see young people get involved and helping people, keep doing what you’re doing!”

Additionally, the young people also created an innovative wheel of fortune, which was designed with tasks to put a smile on people’s faces, give away freebies and encourage socialisation between people, in which the area at the front of the stadium become a hub of happiness for those taking part.

The Changemakers were also motivated to do some random acts of kindness and make young people happy, as they invited young people at random to take part in a half-time penalty challenge against Club Mascot, Miller Bear on the pitch, which for some young people was an opportunity of a lifetime.

NCS Project Manager, at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, Carla Whitehead had this to say about the legacy of the project:

“All the money raised from the bucket collections are set to go towards Young Minds. Additionally, the money generated from selling the Impact positivity merchandise will also go towards volunteer mental health groups in Rotherham, to ensure they have the money and equipment they need to provide that much needed space and time to health those people who need the outlet.”

“In addition, the positive messages on the merchandise will leave a legacy in itself as the messages are designed to remind people to keep on going and be kind to each other.”

To find out more about NCS, please click here.

EFL Community Awards winners celebrated at Grosvenor House Hotel

EFL Community Awards winners were honoured at yesterday evening’s EFL Awards 2022, with three overall winners announced on the night, following the celebration earlier in the week.

After winning the regional award for London, AFC Wimbledon were named the Your Move Community Club of the Season.

The Club’s significant volunteering numbers and scale of impact in the community made it a clear winner in this category with 850 local people volunteering on its projects over the last year.

Maddi Sweetman, a Community Coach for the Club’s Foundation, accepted the award on behalf of the Club, who were crowned the overall winners.

“It feels like something that we’ve known that the volunteers and everyone involved in our Club deserves but something we never thought we’d get, especially because we see other Clubs doing such large-scale projects,” she said.

“Within our budget and just coming back to the stadium, it’s hard to get things up and running straight away to put an old system in a new structure, but we’ve managed to get it going and managed to help the local community.

“It’s brilliant that we’ve managed to get the award in the first year that we’ve really been out there creating the action projects.”

Next up, Burton Albion were recognised as the EFL Community Project of the Season for their success in supporting the NHS at the Burton Albion Vaccination Centre.

During the pandemic more than 200,000 vaccinations have been carried out – marking a major undertaking for the Club.

Matt Hancock, Head of Community for Burton Albion, explained: “It’s great because we’re able to celebrate with so many people that allowed the vaccination centre to happen. We’ve got two tables tonight so we were hoping something might happen.

“It’s two-and-a-half-years of really hard work. That’s the bit that’s overwhelming. It’s not just about the vaccination, it’s been about working in our community with the most vulnerable and supporting those that needed us when they needed us most.

“The Football Club and the Community Trust have always been about that.”

Charlton Athletic’s Ryan Inniss followed up his divisional accolade by scooping the PFA Players in the Community Award, after winning the accolade for the Sky Bet League One earlier in the month.

Jason Morgan, Chief Executive of the Charlton Athletic Community Trust, and Tracey Leaburn, Head of First Team Player Care at Charlton, were representing the defender at the ceremony.

“He’s had a tough life as a person but he’s turned that around and he wants to give back to the community, which is where he’s become heavily involved in Jason’s Community Trust events,” Leaburn explained.

Morgan added: “I’ve been at the Club a long time. What the players do within the community is a different class. It comes from the top and it comes from the manager. There’s an expectation that that’s what they need to do.

“Ryan’s the kind of character that has had his challenges. He can relate to a lot of programmes that we run and he can relate to a lot of the individuals that we’ve got working with us. He just wants to reach out and support them. He will come and find us and say, ‘what have you got going on. What can I get involved in?’ He’ll come up with things himself, too.”

Determined Hull Teens do their bit for the Environment

A group of young people from Hull City FC’s Tigers Trust, completed a beach clean-up at Bridlington Beach last week, as they embarked upon their mission to improving their local environment.

The inspiring group are part of the Tiger’s Trust NCS Changemakers programme. NCS is the ultimate experience for young people aged 16-17, in which they are given the opportunity to make new friends, develop new skills and create new memories. NCS Changemakers, compromise of 25 NCS graduates, who meet up regularly to make a real, positive impact in the community.

The group banded together for their #NCSActionDay project, with the intention of leaving an environmental impact, by reducing the amount of rubbish and waste from the beaches on the East Coast of England. The young group also used their tech-savvy skills, as they used social media to promote the reduction of litter, emphasising the point to others of taking care of the environment.

The team were motivated from the onset, in sending a message and leaving a positive environmental impact, as they felt that there was a large amount of litter within their community and decided to take action. The action was decided after performing a brainstorming and mind-mapping exercise, giving the group some ideas on what they wanted to do, leading towards the beach clean-up.

Brooke and Jazz, were some of the inspiring NCS Changemakers involved within the project, and both had this to say:

Brooke, – “The beach clean-up felt very rewarding to me because going round the beach and cleaning up the litter and garbage for the people and the animals made us feel better because we were helping with the environment. This made me feel better knowing there was a much smaller amount of rubbish on the beach now, than when we started.”

Jazz, – “By having an input and making the environment a safer and cleaner place for the locals and tourists, the smallest of inputs can make someone’s day. I’m proud to say I was a part of this project.”

The group were also joined by Dominik Stingas Paczko, Head of NCS at EFL Trust, who also joined in their efforts of leaving an environmental impact during their clean-up of Bridlington Beach.

NCS Officer of Tigers Trust, Elliott Greenfield, said he was proud of the difference the Changemakers group were able to make at Bridlington and hopes that it can provide inspiration for other young people to make a difference.

He said:

“It was fantastic to get out in Bridlington to collect some litter and the group managed to collect many bags of litter to help reduce the environmental impact along the East Yorkshire coastline. I am incredibly proud of our young people for coming together and delivering this ace project.

“Thanks to Northern rail for providing the services for us to access Bridlington from Hull, it was a memorable day using your trains and definitely made the journey quicker, easier and more comfortable.”

“Another thank you to Dom, the Head of NCS, for coming along to our social action project and getting involved!”

To find out more about NCS, please click here.

NCS Changemakers with Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme launch project to provide vital life skills for adults with learning difficulties

NCS Changemakers at Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme (SWFCCP), have undertaken an exciting kitchen garden project, with the aim of providing essential skills to adults with learning difficulties. For #NCSActionDay this month, Changemakers at SWFCCP put on a sustainable kitchen garden project, which will be completed by May, as well as an afternoon of exciting activities.

NCS Changemakers have been supporting the ‘Sapphire Project’, an initiative to apply a deep, rich and socially inclusive set of day and evening experiences for adults with learning experiences.

The project focuses on activities that the adults may struggle to achieve at home or elsewhere, such as visual, culinary and performing arts, live music, artisanal gardening, environmental awareness as well as general day trips outside.

The Changemakers have been working hard on delivering the kitchen garden project. The project aims at enabling the adults of the charity to learn new skills, by harvesting and growing vegetables, and using the produced goods at the Charity Café, which will continue to provide income and support for the adults in the future.

Original plans of a garden seating area had to be put on hold, however despite the setback, Changemakers were not put off, and showed real resilience and determination during their project. The group came up with the other idea of delivering sustainable, productive and fun activities for the project. NCS Changemakers raised enough money to kickstart the kitchen garden with some new vegetables that will leave a lasting impact in the area.

As well as benefiting from new kitchen garden, the adults also got to experience some other fun activities, which involved bingo games, spaghetti and marshmallow challenges, and karaoke, where the adults were able to sing some spring cheer.

Hugo, is one of the NCS Changemakers involved with the project:

“Me and the other changemakers have worked really hard to raise money for the Sapphire Project, through doing lots of different fundraising initiatives, including our Action Day, which we held an activities day with those at  Sapphire who have learning difficulties.”

“All the money raised will go towards creating a Kitchen Garden and expanding the facilities, enabling more people to use the charity and have better facilities in place.”

Hugo and the Changemakers from SWCCP have committed to supporting the Sapphire Project’s sustainable garden project. They will continue to raise further funds to purchase all the planters, soil and plants for the garden. The project itself, has allowed the young people to display their skills that they have accumulated during their time on NCS and Changemakers, with the intention of  passing on them key skills to the adults and improving their socialisation.

EFL Community Awards winners celebrated at House of Commons

Today at the House of Commons in London at the annual EFL Community Awards, we celebrated the successes of EFL Clubs who have had the greatest impact within their communities.

The following winners of the Awards were celebrated today in Parliament:

2022 Your Move Community Clubs of the Season:

 

North East and Yorkshire – Middlesbrough

North West – Blackpool

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Midlands – Derby County

South East and East – Milton Keynes Dons

London – AFC Wimbledon

South West and Wales – Plymouth Argyle

2022 Community Projects of the Season:

 

Championship – Preston North End

League One – Burton Albion

League Two – Swindon Town

2022 PFA Players in the Community:

Championship – Billy Mitchell, Millwall

League One – Ryan Inniss, Charlton Athletic

League Two – Omar Beckles, Leyton Orient

“It can happen to anyone” – Charlton Athletic’s Chuks Aneke, Hollie Olding and Samuel Oguntayo take part in crime reduction workshops

As part of the EFL’s first ever Week of Action which sees the 72 clubs showcase community programmes with EFL players, Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) invited Charlton Athletic men’s player Chuks Aneke, women’s player Hollie Olding and U23s player Samuel Oguntayo to take part in interactive workshops.

The interactive County Lines & Exploitation workshop by CACT’s crime reduction team covers the risks associated with drugs and gangs, ultimately aiming to avoid young people getting involved in county lines operations. Launched in January, the workshop has so far been delivered in schools across Greenwich and Bexley by CACT’s Crime Reduction team to more than 2,400 young people to encourage positive life choices.

Chuks Aneke and Hollie Olding attended a workshop alongside 20 Charlton Athletic Academy U11 players on Tuesday 5 April, sharing their own advice for the young people, as well as listening and learning from the group.

Charlton Athletic forward Chuks said:

“It’s definitely important that players get involved in these initiatives because these boys look up to me so it’s good for me to be around them and be a good influence, a good role model for them.”

Charlton Athletic Women’s Defender Hollie added:

“From the workshop I learnt what the effect can be like on families and the wider impact it can have. You can do this one thing, run a bag up to Manchester or something, but that can have implications on the rest of your life. You can end up going to prison, meeting the wrong people, falling in with the wrong crowds. It was just really eye-opening and I’m glad I was here today.”

Charlton Athletic Academy’s Lead Youth Development Phase Coach 12-16 David Chatwin said:

“The County Lines workshop was an invaluable insight to problems that exist in the modern world today, that unfortunately some young people experience.

“It was very well delivered and sometimes the messages were quite hard hitting but it gave the players an explanation of the issues involved, the terminologies used and strategies that can be adopted if any of them were to put in any of the situations explained. It was especially relevant to the age group delivered to as they are moving into senior school in the next academic year where some of these issues can affect young people.”

Other Academy cohorts will also be taking part in the workshops.

On Tuesday evening, Samuel Oguntayo joined a County Lines workshop with a twist at Young Greenwich’s Avery Hill Youth Club. The young people who worked with Samuel had taken part in the full interactive version of the workshop a few weeks prior and were challenged to teach Samuel all about county lines from what they had learnt.

The young people displayed very good knowledge of the topic and were able to explain all of the dangers involved in county lines and what to look out for to spot it early.

Charlton Athletic U23s player Samuel said:

“It was a good workshop; I was surprised by the amount of knowledge that the kids took in and from the previous workshop that they had. It shows that they are really clued up on what they need to be aware of and how they can get away from this county lines which is currently going on all around us.”

Harry, a member of Young Greenwich who was part of the group teaching Samuel about county lines, said:

“The workshop was very beneficial to us. I think it opened my eyes especially to who might be vulnerable to county lines and being manipulated because it really can happen to anyone.”

A recent survey of the workshop with 693 responses found that:

  • 27% of young people who watched the workshop say they have a better understanding of the consequences and dangers of county lines and exploitation.
  • 55% of young people say they have a better understanding of how someone can be exploited for county lines.
  • 96% of young people say they have a better understanding of the risks involved and know who they can go to if they are, or know someone else who is, being exploited.

 

“The Extra Time hubs have given me my husband back. That’s all I could ask for”

Roy Huckfield found his purpose in life through work.  However, as Roy returned to Shropshire to retire after 16 years of working abroad, it became a difficult period for him to deal with especially having lost connection with many of his old friends. Having represented Team Great Britain at the Olympic Games, Roy was accustomed from an early age to dedicating his time to learning and nurturing skills in order to reaching his goals. Consequently after retiring, Roy lacked a purpose that had seen him excel previously and he became lost without a sense of belonging.

Unfortunately, Roy found these difficulties all too real and lost sight of himself. However, with the support of his family and through his strength of character, Roy was slowly able to contemplate a recovery after receiving a flyer advertising Shrewsbury Town’s Extra Time Hub. The hubs are an initiative to help combat social isolation and aid a happier, healthier retirement and Catherine Huckfield, Roy’s wife believes the hubs have been ‘the making’ of her husband.

Roy attended the group and was welcomed with open arms. As the weeks passed, Roy’s confidence grew, and his personality began to shine through and reflect on other participants.  When a new technology club was created, Roy past role in IT was once again valuable and he was now confident enough to take a lead role, passing on his tech knowledge and know-how through demonstrations and lessons. Within a small number of weeks, Roy was known as ‘The Head of Tech Club’ and grew into the role. The  sense of purpose Roy lost was now back with a vengeance.

Roy explained: “It makes me feel absolutely wonderful to be able to help somebody… it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me because it got me out and meeting people and doing things and feeling confident again to try and do things again it brought me back to life.”

The Extra Time Hub has had such an impact on Roy’s demeanor, especially his increased confidence, Roy has been able to further aid his community through his IT expertise as he works for Shropshire Council providing 1 to 1 support.

Catherine concludes,

“The Extra Time hubs have given me my husband back. That’s all I could ask for”

How FIT BORO helped Ged overcome his anxiety and lose 13kg

Ged Canny is a 60-year-old Service Manager from Middlesbrough who, in 2019, had a knee replacement operation due to an old sporting injury that had never been addressed. The ensuing operation and recuperation including a significant time off work took its toll on both Ged`s mental health and confidence.

Having previously been an active individual, Ged made the tough decision to not take part in physical activity after his operation to avoid any further complications. This meant stopping his hobbies such as cycling, squash, and running. However, returning to work would be a distraction for Ged to focus his mind elsewhere and be involved in social situations but the world would be hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns that would force Ged to work from home.

Whilst working from home he got used to working long hours and eating at all different hours of the day with his usual routine very much out of sync. Although, self-admittedly Ged’s diet prior to this period was not the most nutritious. This coupled with the lack of face-to-face contact with others and decreased activity found his self-confidence and overall mental health deteriorating. Consequently, Ged’s physical health suffered too with his weight increasing to 104kg and his waist size to 48 inches.

As normality started to creep back in and lockdown restrictions were being eased, Ged was adamant that he needed to do something about his health and wellbeing. He came up with an idea to organise walking football amongst his friends who had had similar experiences during the enforced lockdowns in order to combine fitness with reconnecting with people face-to-face.

Through his participation, Ged was made aware by friends of the FIT BORO programme. He signed up for the programme along with a couple of friends and another 25 like-minded participants. Each week he took part in a combination of exercise sessions and nutritional workshops delivered by coaches from the MFC Foundation. Despite the anxiety of his previous knee injury, Ged`s confidence grew over the course of the programme and he pushed himself to improve, achieve and excel in his goals.

Average weight loss statistics for the FIT FANS programme are impressive and exceed those of many other programmes. On average women lose well over 3kg and men over 5.5kg by the end of the 12 weeks. We also have evidence that lifestyle change and weight loss are sustained over the following 12 months. More than 90% of men and 85% of women lose weight during the programme with many losing a clinically significant amount.  Our data shows FIT FANS helps people to increase physical activity, reduce sedentary time, leading to weight loss, a significant reduction in reduction in blood pressure and improvement in self-reported mental wellbeing measures.

Over the period of the course, Ged regularly set himself goals in order to achieve what he wanted; one example being replacing his favourite food, crisps, with healthier options. Although Ged initially struggled through fear of repercussions of his injury, he quickly proved a popular member of the group, helping to encourage and motivate others.

Andrew Dixon, a friend of Ged`s said “Ged has done so well on the programme and has really motivated me to stick with the course. It is so much easier doing the workouts with like-minded people, we all look forward to catching up with one another every week. With Ged`s increased fitness levels the only problem now is our Walking football sessions are becoming faster and faster”.

Although FIT FANS helped Ged lose 13kg to become healthier and more active, it also had secondary effects on reducing his blood pressure.

Ged said: “I would recommend the FIT BORO programme to anyone as it has been an amazing experience for me and helped to improve my life both physically and mentally. I have found exercising with like-minded individuals really motivating as we are all doing it for the same reasons. I really look forward to seeing everyone every Monday night!”.

Paul South, the Health Coordinator at MFC Foundation, said “It has been wonderful to see how well Ged has done on the course. Despite reservations due to previous injuries Ged has grown in confidence and really achieved significant changes both physically and mentally. As well as increasing in confidence Ged has also inspired others to do the same, ensuring a team-like mentality on the course whereby people look forward to attending each week”.

Sadiyah finds her voice on NCS

Sadiyah Desai, 19, is an inspiring young person who overcame the restrictions of her life-long disability, after building her skills and confidence through NCS with Preston North End Community and Education Trust (PNECT).

For most young people, acquiring the confidence to meet new people and push out of their comfort zone, can be a daunting process. Sadiyah Desai, has learning difficulties and severe sight loss, which has seriously lowered her confidence levels throughout her life. However, she owes her newfound confidence to the NCS programme and staff since encountering the opportunity to join NCS with PNECT, Sadiyah embraced the chance and has since seen her life transformed.

Sadiyah initially joined NCS with PNECT during Summer last year. NCS is the ultimate experience for young people aged 16-17, in which they are given the opportunity to make new friends, develop new skills and create new memories. The opportunity was offered to Sadiyah within her college who   encouraged her to get involved.

Sadiyah summarises her time on NCS with PNECT:

 “If it wasn’t for NCS coming into our college it is probably something I never would have had the opportunity to sign up nor would I have signed up for it.”

“NCS helped me gain confidence and impacted my confidence in everyday life or any work that related to college. I can now say that I have achieved something.”

“My time on NCS helped me gain confidence in asking for support and showed me it is not something to be ashamed off this has had a very positive impact on what I can now do at college and even at home. NCS has showed me how much I can achieve and I have achieved.”

As part of the programme, Sadiyah participated in a disability awareness workshop, in which Sadiyah approached NCS team members and spoke up about how her own disability has affected her confidence and self-esteem levels throughout her life.

Sadiyah was encouraged within the programme to speak about topics and areas she was most passionate about to group members. As a devote Muslim, Sadiyah was passionate about her faith and illustrated enlightening items connected to her faith. Sadiyah was motivated to talk to the group further on her religion and about her community.

This is where Sadiyah’s confidence began to come through and for the first time did public speaking.  in which she developed her confidence, presentation and public-speaking skills.

Brad North, NCS Co-ordinator was key in supporting Sadiyah throughout her time on NCS and had this to say:

“Sadiyah transformed from someone who could not speak to her classmates or answer questions in a classroom environment to speaking with confidence to some of the most senior officials connected with both NCS and her college.”

“Her journey is one the NCS team will always be proud of and it continues to motivate the team to deliver NCS in the hope to inspire the next young person.”

During her NCS experience, Sadiyah also greatly enjoyed the number of activities that was provided to her, in particular Zumba, in which she discussed with us about her joy of participating in.

“My favourite NCS activity to do was leading Zumba. Before NCS I never would have had the confidence to lead Zumba. However, NCS allowed me the opportunity to achieve that. I always thought people would laugh at the thought of me doing any type of chorography. With the help of Brad and Jess I started to lead the session and that is an experience I will never forget.”

“I taught myself something that day, that if you think you are good at something, then never be scared of expressing yourself. Leading Zumba is an experience I will never forget and is something I continue to do in class on a regular basis and NCS gave me that opportunity.”

After developing herself in such as short amount of time, Sadiyah felt transformed and motivated to continue in enlightening and helping others in areas that she was passionate about. This led to Sadiyah volunteering to the NCS Changemakers programme at PNECET, in which Sadiyah will be front and centre leading on upcoming Ramadan projects.

More recently, Sadiyah has had the opportunity to speak about her NCS Journey and the impact it has had with key figures which included the Chancellor of the Ducy of Lancaster, Steve Barclay and CEO of NCS, Mark Gifford.

Steve Barclay Minister for the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom visits Preston North End Community and Education Trust

Sadiyah met Mark at PNE’s annual NCS matchday and was selected by PNECET to be their special guest. She said:

“I really enjoyed it, I was so happy that I was chosen to attend the match day out of all the NCS participants, it just shows you how much I have achieved. The whole experience has made a massive impact on my confidence, everything has gone really well for me since doing NCS.”

“I have changed a lot, I can now confidently submit a good piece of work and it has shown my strengths. The match day highlighted this as it showed me how far I had come.”

The extent of the journey and transformation that Sadiyah has embarked upon has been remarkable, in which  for Sadiyah, who is now equipped with new skills and charisma, is in the perfect position to now progress further and reach her potential.

To find out more about NCS, click here.