Teens from Yorkshire and Humber give up their time to tackle the big issues in their community

A record number of over 200 teens in Yorkshire and Humber will be giving up their time to tackle issues such as homelessness, loneliness, cultural divides and mental health as part of Action Day, a national movement organised by National Citizen Service (NCS).

Action Day is an annual event which aims to showcase the true power of young people as NCS graduates use the skills and experiences gained on the programme to continue to make positive changes in their local area.

In 2018, NCS graduates from EFL Trust delivered over 130,000 hours of social action, raising over £100,000 for local charities in Yorkshire and Humber.

Highlights of Action Day will include;

  • Teens from Reds in the Community (Barnsley FC) hosting an open event for homeless people offering food as well as services such as job centre advice and haircuts.
  • Doncaster Rovers’ Local Youth Board hosting a ‘Country and Western’ evening to tackle loneliness in elderly people in Doncaster by integrating them with young people.
  • A group of teens from Hull renovating a house which is to be occupied by homeless people as well as distributing care packages to homeless people across the city.
  • Teens in Sheffield will be raising awareness of mental health at Sheffield Wednesday’s home fixture against Nottingham Forest. Across the other side of the city teens from Sheffield United will be handing out care packages to the homeless.

Mike Evans, Director of Operations at EFL Trust, says: “We are delighted to have so many NCS graduates involved in NCS Action Day to make a positive difference in their local community. The passion and drive that young people have to make a difference is inspirational, and I’m proud that so many of our graduates will be selflessly giving up their time to engage with issues in their local area.”

All teens involved have completed NCS with EFL Trust through their local football Club or youth organisation. After completing the initial programme, participants become NCS graduates who have access to a wide range of opportunities and support to continue making their mark in their communities.

To find out more about the NCS programme or to sign up visit ncsyes.co.uk.