This summer’s NCS programme was brought to a close with a graduation ceremony at Andover Leisure Centre. The event was a celebration of all the achievements made by the 103 students over the course of the four week programme. With pick ‘n’ mix, crisps, ‘mocktails’, and a very impressive cupcake display, the students couldn’t wait to get in and get partying.
Guests in attendance included local MP Sir George Young, Valley Leisure CEO Kevin Patterson, Wendy Davies of Transition Towns, and Maria Murphy of charity Andover Mind, all of which made speeches congratulating and thanking the students for all of their efforts throughout the summer. Sir George Young has been a very influential figure in NCS so it was only right that he presented the 16 to 17 year olds with their certificates, posing for photos with each group.
One student from each group was nominated by their mentor for an outstanding achievement award. One winner was Sam Hankey who was nominated by his mentor Lewis Newport.
Some of the graduates also prepared presentations and speeches about the experiences that they took from the summer. Activities mentioned included cliff diving and canoeing in Falmouth, Cornwall and camping for a week at Norman Court. In week three of the programme, the groups pitched social action projects to a panel of judges in a Dragon’s Den style competition. The groups worked with local charities to plan fun days, gigs, and market stalls in order to make their fundraising goals. During the ceremony it was confirmed that the students had collectively raised over £5000 for a variety of local charities.
On behalf of all NCS students and mentors, James Blyth would like to say a huge thank you to all local retailers, charities, and individuals who helped the teams in reaching their targets for the programme.