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21 Oct

How our NCS team have been supporting young people

It’s been an incredibly busy and successful few months for our NCS (National Citizen Service) team.

We caught up with Rachel Hildreth and Ben Marriage – two of our NCS Coordinators to find out more….

This summer saw 340 young people across North and West Yorkshire, aged between 15-17 years old, taking part in our once-in-a-lifetime two week experience. This included youngsters being involved in one of our four one-week residentials in locations including the Lake District, North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales.

Read more: our NCS programme

As part of the residentials there was the chance for young people to learn important life skills and take part in a number of adrenaline-fueled adventure activities including climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, gorge jumping, and an ‘epic challenge adventure’.

And there were also a number of education workshops delivered – such as self defence, first aid training and confidence building.

Pictured, our young people took part in activities this summer including kayaking and an ‘epic adventure’.

Ben said: “The summer was a huge success – it was great fun and a pleasure to be around the young people.

“Seeing the growth of the young people was inspiring – we all came back from the residentials on an absolute high.”

Rachel added: “A highlight for me was seeing students overcoming fears of different things. For example the abseiling that we did was really hard for some of the students who didn’t think they would be able to do it, but then to see their confidence grow and see them do so well was really rewarding.

“Also we came up with getting students to take part in an ‘epic adventure’ – which was a long walk and involved exploring. All the young people loved it! One ‘epic challenge’ was during the heat wave and everyone went paddling in the sea, which was great.”

Pictured, young people form ‘NCS’ during one of the residential stays this summer

Our NCS (National Citizen Service) team have also been supporting our ‘Changemakers’ – a variety of young people aged between 16 and 18 who have graduated from the NCS scheme and decided to stay on to become more involved in community work.

Over the past few months, this work has included our young people raising £1,200 for the Eckersley House – The Sick Children’s Trust, which is an organisation that supports families of sick children being treated at Leeds Children’s Hospital by giving them somewhere to stay just minutes from their seriously ill child’s hospital bedside.

Pictured the room some of our NCS Changemakers have helped to sponsor at Eckersley House – The Sick Children’s Trust.

There is still opportunity to get involved with our change makers programme running in Leeds, Skipton and Rickmond, if you would like to be involved please email:


What’s coming up for our NCS team?

Next month we hope to see all of our graduates from the summer at one of our upcoming graduation ceremonies:

Leeds – Headingley Stadium – Friday 4th November

Skipton & Keighley – Hotel Rendezvous – Thursday 10th November

Richmond – Richmond Cricket Club – Wednesday 16th November

For more information and to book your place, please email:



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