Paralympic gold medallist presents certificates at National Citizen Service Graduation event

Thursday 11th December 2014

Last week 127 young people graduated from the National Citizen Service programme at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The ceremony, delivered by charity CXK, which runs the programme, saw each young person graduate with a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a five-phase programme of outward-bound activities and social action that aims to help young people aged 16-17. It assists them in improving their teamwork, communication and leadership; facilitates the transition to adulthood; improves social mixing and encourages community involvement.

The ceremony marked the completion of the autumn programme and was an opportunity to celebrate the fantastic contributions that the young graduates had made to their local communities and charities through the programme. Teams of graduates took part in a range of activities, from running awareness campaigns and building community gardens, to raising money through sponsored events and street collections. The teams collectively raised over £5,000 for local causes.

The graduation ceremony included all 127 young people in 11 teams presenting their social action projects and sharing their achievements with family, friends, fellow NCS teams and distinguished guests.

Guest speaker and GB Paralympic Gold Medallist Ski Guide Charlotte Evans MBE delivered a motivational speech. Charlotte explained how a knee injury, which almost ended her skiing career, led her to become a guide for Paralympic skier Kelly Gallagher. Despite a poor performance in their first race at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games, the pair fought back and won the gold medal in the Women’s Super G competition.

Charlotte joined special guests, including Kent County Council Chairman Peter Homewood, Kostas Karamountzos of the NCS Trust and Amanda Best of the NCS Network, to present the young graduates with their certificates.

Closing the ceremony, CXK CEO Sean Kearns said: “This evening always makes me proud to see what amazing contributions local young people make to their communities.”

The NCS Summer 2015 programme is currently recruiting. If you are interested in becoming part of the next programme, please visit cxk.org/NationalCitizenService or phone 01233 224244.