A group of young people from the National Citizenship Service (NCS) at Cornwall College Camborne have been working on a project at Heartlands in Pool. The group have been helping to clear an unused area of the World Heritage Site, which will be turned into a new garden which is now open to the public.
NCS Team Lead for the Camborne Team, Jessie Pender Carter, said: “Heartlands is a fantastic facility which is open to the local community and visitors alike. Our aim is to clear a small are of the site which is underused at the moment and turn it into something spectacular.”
NCS is a government funded programme which helps young people to get out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves by building on life and social skills. The last two weeks of the course are a chance for young people to give something back to their local communities, by taking part in some social action projects.
Jessie continued: “We have been busy gathering equipment throughout the past week to help us with the project. We’ve also sourced some old tires which will be turned into planters; it’s going to look great when it’s finished.”
NCS is open to anyone aged 15-17 and since it was launched more than 200,000 young people have already said YES to NCS.
Sean O’Neill from Heartlands added: “It’s always great to have ideas direct from the community, especially when coupled with the drive to make them happen. It would be fantastic to see more schemes like this to help young people feel more connected to and valued by their local community”