The work doesn’t stop for Southend United Community & Educational Trust in the off season.
Since the start of July SUCET have taken over 360 young people away as part of the #NCS Programme.
Their NCS experience starts with a week away at Kingswood in Norfolk, this included different outdoor activities such as High Ropes and Abseiling.
This helped them face their fears and take on challenges outside their comfort zone.
The first week is a great way for the young people to get to know each other before spending another week in Canterbury.
This then saw groups of up to six young people living together for 5 days, this meant that they had to cook together as well as do the shopping and plan for the week ahead.
They added to their life skills by attending a real array of workshops including Mental Heath, CV writing and a special workshop which was delivered by Paul Hannahford who spoke about gang and knife crime.
This led nicely on to the final 2 weeks in which the young people have to plan and carry out their social action project, this will see the groups raise money for different charity’s that are close to their heart.
The young people came up with some weird, wacky and wonderful ideas to raise money for their chosen charity.
This included cross-dressing for Southend Hospital complete with a pie in the face, All in the name of charity!
One of the biggest amounts raised by a group was £765 for the premature baby unit in Southend hospital they did this by a variety of sponsored events including a sponsored bike ride.
Another group got their hands dirty for cancer research with a car was raising £300.
One of the most creative ideas came from a group on wave 3, who created the project R.O.C.K. Which stood for Reigniting Our Community’s Kindness.
They painted rocks with positive messages on in aid of the Samaritans and scattered them around Southend.
As well as selling them at the market at the ground and around the town of Southend, this helped them raise £280 for the Samaritans!
Other charity’s that our young people have been spreading awareness about and raising money for include:
- Make Southend Sparkle
- One Love
- Little Havens
There were many more social action projects going on across the duration of NCS with totals coming in weekly. It is great to see so many people working hard to raise money and spread the message of Charity’s close to their heart.