Many of our students have been taking part in the National Citizen Service scheme this term. Here’s a roundup of all the fantastic activities they’ve been involved in!
The National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme is a programme of exciting and challenging activities for college students. The scheme involves four stages which aim to encourage students to develop skills, overcome challenges and make friends along the way.
For the first part of the scheme, students travelled to the Ultimate Adventure Centre in North Devon. Here they had the opportunity to take part in a number of team building activities, from surfing, coasteering, paddle boarding, and raft building, to climbing high ropes, mountain boarding, archery, and mountain bike riding. They also had the chance to test their problem solving skills on the Ultimate Assault Course:
The second stage of the scheme involved a series of workshops taking place across two days at the College. These included:
The Social Action Project stage of the scheme challenged students to organise and take part in an activity that benefits the wider community. Here’s some of the fantastic work our departments have been involved in:
These students collected and donated three trolleys of food to the Trussell Trust, who manage the Farnborough Food Bank.
Students placed trolleys around the College to collect donations, and ran fundraising activities to buy extra food for donation. Activities included a bake sale, busking by our music students and quizzes from our performing arts students.
As a group, students lifted the equivalent weight of a Challenger 2 Tank (62.5 tonnes!). A total of 44 students took part, gathering sponsors from family and friends and lifting an impressive 1.4 tonnes each.
Our Catering students raised £868 for various charities, using their fantastic cooking talents!
Students organised a Macmillan Coffee Morning event where they raised £610.00, an afternoon tea event for Children in Need where they raised £83.00, and gathered £175.00 worth of toiletry donations for the homelessness charity, Step by Step!
Our Early Years and Health & Social Care students gathered and donated toiletries for the Hampshire Domestic Abuse Refuge and Outreach Service.
Students have been gathering donations of toiletries for women and children, toys, and foods to pack as Christmas Shoe Box gifts. These donations will be collected by the charity and distributed to those most in need.
To celebrate their hard work and achievements, students were invited to Graduate at the Anvil Theatre, Basingstoke. As well as receiving their certificates, students looked back on all the fun activities they’ve been involved in as part of the scheme and learned about opportunities available to them in the future.