Teens in Lincoln have been spending their summer doing their bit to rebuild local communities and create positive change. Twenty-one young people from around the city took part in a 2-week programme with Lincoln City Foundation which included workshops and activities, leading them to create their own social action projects for organisations in need of support.
The young people contributed to the EFL Tackling Loneliness Together project and worked with Food in School Holidays (FiSH) to take part in the Move for Meals Challenge set by Tom Hopper, Lincoln City FC player.
One team pledged to run over 100km, on which turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year, to raise money and awareness for the Move for Meals Challenge.
Jasmine Craft, NCS Officer at Lincoln City Foundation said: “It was the passion and enthusiasm from the team which saw them to run over 180km andraise over £200 to support families in Lincolnshire to feed their children over the school holidays".
The other team chose the EFLT Tackling Loneliness Together project creating a campaign video to showcase the extent of loneliness and how others can support people within the local community. The young people held a Zoom call with our Lincoln City’s Extra Time Hub members. They also called Lincoln City FC season ticket holders to talk to those who may wish to receive, and missed, human-interaction in these difficult and unprecedented times. The team worked hard to ensure that they reached those individuals with their video and spoke to the elderly within the local area.
Oliver Forbes-Sharpe, aged 16, said: “I was coming into this NCS course not knowing what it was going to be like, but little did I know I’ve made friends for life. It was amazing the way that our Team Leaders helped, Laurent and Fiona bonding us all together all the way throughout. We were all a bit nervous at the start but now we talk all the time and have a great laugh. I would say the second week was the highlight for me doing the charity work, I think it really showed how committed we all are to helping the local community. We reached our financial target and nearly doubled our goal for running, running 80km further than the original 100km target. The charity work really pushed me to my limits as I was only supposed to run 10km yet I ran 20km. That was not only down to my peers around me from the Lincoln city BTEC team, it was also the NCS leaders, it was amazing!”
Jasmine Craft continues: “I am incredibly proud of how far all the young people have come over the past two weeks. They all had such a passion to give back to the local community and I could not be more pleased of all the success they have achieved through sheer dedication and motivation".
“I am looking forward to seeing some of them continue with more social action projects in the near future”.
Leah Turner and Fiona Harper, NCS Team Leaders agreed that NCS Keep Doing Good programme was excellent this year, filled with fun activities which gave the opportunity for young people to learn skills for their future. It was wonderful to see the young people grow and develop in confidence by learning new skills, working together as a team and producing successful social action projects that are meaningful to the local community.
Mike Farley, Community Pastor at the Bridge Church said: “Please send on a massive thank you from all the FiSH projects across the city. We are all cheering them on.”
This project is part of NCS’s ‘One Million Hours of Doing Good’, a wider pledge to enable up to one million hours for teens to take an active role in helping the country recover post Covid-19.
For more information and how to take part in future NCS programmes please visit www.wearencs.com