This week during #iwill week, we are celebrating the #PowerOfYouth in the EFL Trust network.
In 2019, through the NCS programme, over 10,000 young people have volunteered over 130,000 hours of their time making a difference in their local communities across the country.
These hours have amounted to some incredible impact:
650 Social Action Projects
£230,000 fundraised for local charities and causes
158 projects focus on improving the local environment
179 projects tackled isolation and loneliness
144 projects focused on transforming community spaces
330 projects were delivered to raise awareness of mental and wellbeing
Cassie Barnett, an NCS Graduate from Sheffield, was a part of a team of young people on the programme using their social action project to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing.
She said: “It feels great to use our social action project to actually make a difference and raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing in young people and adults and change something that we all really feel needs to be changed.”
Watch highlights of our network’s impact in the video below:
NCS Graduate, Connor Burleigh, from Doncaster, was recently recognised nationally for his work in the community after being named #iwill Ambassador last month.
Connor joined fifty inspirational youth ambassadors on a high profile national #iwill campaign aimed at encouraging young people to take an active part in their community.
Connor is an EFL Trust NCS Graduate who took part in the life-changing programme in the summer of 2018 with Club Doncaster Foundation.
Since completing the programme he has made a huge difference in the community as part of Doncaster’s Youth Council for a number of years and was awarded the Princess Diana Award for his work on anti-bullying in schools as well as renovating a playground for children with disabilities whilst on NCS.
He said: “NCS opened my eyes and gave me a better understanding of the community I live in.
“It was amazing to be given the platform to make a positive difference through my teams social action project at Rossington’s Family Hub where we renovated the playground for the use of children with disability.
“The role of an #iwill Amabassador is something I am hugely passionate about, raising both the profile of young adults’ potential and also challenging the perception that people have of young adults.”
Watch the video below to find out more about Connor: