Tracy Brabin, local MP for Batley and Spen, visited young people on Huddersfield Town Foundation’s NCS (National Citizen Service) Autumn programme and was ‘uplifted’ and ‘inspired’ by what she saw.
NCS is a government funded programme that provides young people aged 16-17 with the opportunity to take on new challenges, experience exciting activities, make long-lasting friendships and develop vital skills that will support them later in life.
During the October Half Term, Tracy Brabin was invited to support the programme and speak to young people about her work and life as an MP. Tracy spoke about her previous career in acting and the barriers and positives she took from her previous occupation prior to becoming an MP. Tracy went on to discuss the importance of women in leadership and encouraged the female participants on our NCS Autumn programme to push themselves out of their comfort zones and believe in the power of using their voices.
The young people also had a talk about the importance of stronger communities and galvanising positive change at local, national and international levels. The session concluded with young people exchanging ideas for social change and asking questions to Tracy who was amazed at the young people’s ideas:
“It was enormously uplifting to spend time with such engaged young people and hear all their wonderful questions and ideas.
Their commitment to coming together to exchange ideas around social change was inspirational, and it shows what can be achieved when we come together and work towards a common goal”
Danish, a participant of the programme was inspired by the talk from Tracy:
“Tracy showed us how if you follow a dream and have a will to succeed in life you can go far. She’s inspired me to raise my voice to support my community and stand up for my family and what I believe in.”
Evan Hall, NCS Coordinator at Huddersfield Town Foundation was delighted at the insight got into the life as an MP and the discussions that young people had:
“We had a fantastic morning in the company of Tracy on our autumn 2020 NCS programme. We were pleased we could not only increase our participants’ awareness of their local MP and ways they can influence change, but also allow them to speak directly with Tracy and offer their opinions on issues in their local area.
We are happy we could showcase to Tracy the positive work we are doing with NCS in North Kirklees to create the next generation of local leaders through the programme.”
Huddersfield Town Foundation are part of EFL Trust’s network of NCS delivery partners who, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, are supporting thousands of young people this Autumn through NCS. To find out more about NCS this autumn visit wearencs.com.