We Said YES to NCS

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.

Stage One – Residential Trip to the Ultimate Adventure Centre
Stage Two – Skills Workshops
Stage Three – Social Action Project
Stage Four – Graduation Ceremony 


Stage One – Residential Trip to the Ultimate Adventure Centre

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:

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Stage Two – Skills Workshops

The second stage of the scheme involved a series of workshops taking place across two days at the College. These included:

  • Making a Music Video in One Day
  • Learning to DJ to Improve Public Speaking
  • Creating a Marketing Campaign
  • Bar Skills; Learning To Make Drinks and Market Them

Stage Three – Social Action Project

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:


Business, Fashion, Games Development, Graphic Design, IT, Media, Music, Performing Arts, and Travel & Tourism 

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.


Public Services and Sport 

Our Public Services and Sport students organised and took part in a sponsored weightlifting challenge, raising an incredible £1020 for the Help For Heroes charity. 

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.


Catering 

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!


Early Years and Health & Social Care 

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.


Stage Four – Graduation Ceremony

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.

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