Government National Citizen Service programme praises schools

Home Park welcomed teachers from six Plymouth schools where they witnessed Argyle’s 3-1 victory over Mansfield to celebrate their involvement with Argyle Community Trust’s (ACT) NCS (National Citizen Service) Programme.

The Trust work in partnership with local schools to deliver the NCS programme that engages school leavers aged 15-17 in a 2-4 week programme of exciting social action projects and residential activity. The popular nationwide programme enables students to develop a wide array of personal skills as well as receiving a completion certificate from the Prime Minister.

Bronze award winners Lipson Cooperative and and Gold award winners Notre Dame, Brook Green Centre for Learning, All Saints Academy and Devonport High School for Girls enjoyed hospitality in the club’s new Mayflower Grandstand on the Saturday when receiving their awards.

Ed Gilchrist of All Saints Academy stated: “NCS is a fantastic life changing opportunity for young people. ACT were passionate and enthusiastic about helping the young people at All Saints become involved in this project.” He continued, “All Saints is a school in transition that works hard for the children of Plymouth. It’s really exciting to be recognised for the work we do for our community in partnership with Argyle Community Trust.”

“Our NCS numbers have really taken off since being part of the Argyle provision” Emma Gue of said, “The team are flexible and very supportive of a range of careers activities within our school, they go the extra mile and are really good role models for our students.”

Devonport High School for Girls were also in attendance after receiving the award for the second year running.

“The school encourages all Year 11 students to take part in the National Citizen Service (NCS),” said Senior Head of House Dave Parry,  “It’s a really worthwhile activity allowing students to develop their employability skills and contribute to their local community during the social action project, whilst having fun after studying for GCSEs.

“Argyle Community Trust are fantastic partners for delivering NCS, as they are proactive in supporting students throughout the process and encourage students to further develop a “can do” attitude.”

NCS is an invaluable opportunity for students to gain independence by experiencing living away from home, enjoying outdoor activities and games before returning home to undertake workshops to help improve their employability. They then put in to practice all their newly earned skills by volunteering for businesses and charities to help improve the local community. Previous projects have seen students create a garden for residents at a care home, restore and paint benches in local parks, work with charities to help spread the message of their work and educate other young people in their communities.

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