Hundreds of students have graduated from this year’s National Citizenship Service (NCS) in a special ceremony at the Hall for Cornwall in Truro. The groups from Cornwall College, BF Adventure and Young People Cornwall were presented with their certificates in front of a gathered audience of family and friends, by special guest and endurance runner, Bob Brown.
Adrian Richards, CEO of BF Adventure, added: “Working with the young people this summer was a real joy for us, to see them develop, to see them grow and this graduation was a culmination of all their efforts. I think NCS is special because of the difference it makes to the young people, the team work element, breaking down barriers and the impact it makes in the local community; it has been phenomenal to see what their projects have achieved.”
NCS is a government backed scheme which is designed to help young people to develop their social and communication skills, by enabling them to plan and implement self-devised social action projects within their own communities.
NCS Coordinator at The Cornwall College Group, Mark Williams, said: “It’s been another tremendous year for our NCS groups, all of whom have made a difference in their local communities. This evening is a great way to celebrate their achievements and they have done us all proud with their hard work and dedication.”
Nick Smith, Chief Executive of Young People Cornwall said “This is a fantastic and just reward for the effort and achievements of young people who have been recognised for their endeavour, persistence & contribution to the communities in which they live.”
The programme sees the young people take part in a range of exciting actives during the first week from rock climbing to kayaking, during the second week the groups spend the time in accommodation at the Tremough Campus, before embarking on their social actions projects for weeks 3 and 4.
The event was hosted by Breakfast Presenter at Pirate FM, Neil Caddy and the certificates were handed out by the MP for Truro and Falmouth, Sarah Newton and the High Sherriff of Cornwall, Jane Hartley. The specially invited guests were also treated to musical performances from some of this year’s graduates.
Sarah Newton said: “NCS is a fabulous way of engaging young people in their local communities and it is a tremendous privilege to be a part of this celebration. Some of their social action projects have had a real impact on the local area and I hope that they can all look back and feel incredibly proud of their achievements.”