National Citizen Service Autumn Graduation

Friday 18th December 2015

Over 60 young people from across Ashford, Thanet and Shepway have now successfully graduated from their National Citizen Service programme in Ashford. The young people completed the programme this autumn and supported local charities and organisations, helping to make a real difference in their communities.

The Ashford teams raised funds and awareness for KATFM (Kent Art Television Film Music), an organisation that helps a wide range of people to express their artistic talents, and Creative Collective, an organisation that supports local artists; helping them to price and sell their art and gain self-confidence.   In total over £289 was raised for both organisations as well as many hours of voluntary work.

The Shepway teams supported local charity, Sophie’s Army, a fund which is supporting CLIC Sargent on behalf of a 9 year old girl battling leukaemiaThe teams also raised £100 to buy food donations for a local food bank and £50 to buy clothing for the homeless. When not raising money the teams found the time to volunteer at a local care home, talking to the elderly and making them feel more comfortable. In total approximately £420.00 was raised for these causes by the Shepway teams.

Young people from Thanet raised funds and awareness for COGS club through a cake sale. COGS club is an organization that works with people suffering from mild to moderate dementia, with clubs based in Kent and across the county. They found the time to volunteer at a local Age UK care home, giving elderly people the opportunity to meet and talk with new people.

They also worked hard to regenerate a community garden space, organising the temporary loan of tools to complete the project and completely transforming the space. Many hours of work were put into raising awareness for these causes, as well as a total of approximately £83 being raised as well as many hours of dedicated work.

The graduates received a certificate signed by the Prime Minister and presented to them some key local dignitaries, including Mrs Jane Loudon DL and the Mayor of Ashford, Cllr. Geraldine Dyer, Mayor Councillor Emily Arnold, and David Philpot, Chair CXK, Mayor Councilor Rosalind Binks and Sue Dunn, Head of Skills and Employability.

Sean Kearns, CEO of CXK commented on the success of the programme “In total, young people across Thanet, Ashford and Shepway managed to raise almost £800 cash for local charities with more being raised in terms of time given and gifts in kind. This is an amazing achievement and we aim to see continued success in the spring 2016 programmes.”

He continued, “The National Citizen Service is the fastest growing youth movement since the formation of the Scouts, with an anticipated 300,000 young people nationwide completing it by 2020. At the moment these young people represent 1 in 100 who have taken the opportunity to experience the NCS programme. Over the next 3 years our aim is to get that down to 1 in 10"