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3 Sep

NCS Summer Success

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation are celebrating a successful Keep Doing Good programme.

Keep Doing Good aims to boost confidence, communication skills and give young people between the ages of 15-17 vital skills for their CV, as they leave school and look to enter further education or work.

The two-week programme saw participants take part in a number of team building and personal development activities followed by the planning and delivery of a Social Action Project.

The first week saw attendees take part in a self-defence workshop delivered by Garry Smith from the Academy for Self-Defence.

Motivational speaker and former Apprentice star Adam Corbally, delivered a highly engaging talk on developing confidence, surrounding yourself with the right people and shared key tips on public speaking. This was followed by team building activities based on communication and trust.

The week also enabled individuals to practice social enterprise skills and hear from charities including Simon on the Streets and Volunteer It Yourself.

The second week of the programme enabled participants to become involved in a social action project where they took part in a sponsored 10k around the City of Leeds. Throughout the walk they were also able to support organisations which seek to make a difference in the community and supported St George’s Crypt by leaving donations.

In addition, participants supported Cancer Research by helping to organise clothing donations and raised over £700 for the charity.

It was a huge challenge in making the Keep Doing Good project work in light of Covid-19 and the project was delivered maintaining socially distancing, regular hand sanitizing and the use of face masks so huge credit goes to the staff who kept the programme safe and made it happen.

Alex Hipkins, NCS Manager for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation commented, “It was fantastic to see all the young people take part in the Keep Doing Good programme this summer after what has been a very strange and uncertain time for them. They approached the programme with great commitment, fantastic spirit, and incredible drive to make a difference to their local communities”.

“Everyone at the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation are proud of what the young people achieved and the resilience they have shown throughout this period. We’re looking forward to continuing to work closely with these young people in our extension phase where they can continue making a positive difference to our local communities”

We were delighted to receive some positive feedback from parents:

“Just wanted to say how lovely it was too see ***** so happy, motivated and enthusiastic, after today. The past few weeks he has been depressed, and lacking confidence, so this is just what he needs, thank you so much to all of you for the support”

“**** has had a brilliant time this week on the NCS he has loved it and told us lots about it in an evening, It’s been a hard year for these kids and you are doing a fab job, be proud of what you do”

“He has had the best time ever, his time with the group has done him the world of good, I cannot thank you enough”

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