FOEP are very pleased to let you know that on Sunday 7th September 2014 thirteen youth volunteers from NCS (National Citizen Service) will join us for the day!
NCS is a government funded initiative that supports community engagement and social integration among young people. The programme has grown year on year to some 60,000 NCS graduates across the UK at the end of 2013.
The NCS programme, and in particular the skills and experiences gained by NCS graduates, is now recognised positively by employers and educational institutions alike
The Challenge is a national charity that was founded in 2009. Their mission is to connect and inspire people to strengthen their communities. The Challenge is the largest provider of NCS in England and will offer more than 18,500 young people the opportunity to graduate from the NCS programme this year. The Challenge is the local NCS provider in London, Surrey, West Midlands and The North West and has been successfully delivering the programme since the initial pilot in 2009. They bring together local people across all generations, ethnic groups and incomes to build a stronger society.
NCS believes that if young people are given the chance they can make a huge contribution to their communities. To help make this happen NCS offers 15 to 17 year olds the opportunity to get together to try new things. Then, with the support of a team, they build and deliver a project that makes a real difference to where they live.
NCS brings young people together from all different backgrounds in a common purpose and by offering new experiences, gives them the chance to learn new skills and meet new people. This helps young people discover their talents and realise their potential.
Through delivery of NCS, The Challenge brings together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society.
Young people can find out more and sign up at: www.ncsthechallenge.org
On Sunday 7th September 2014 a group of 13 young volunteers will be working on two projects:-
cutting back and thinning out the brambles
reducing any shrub/ tree growth that is obstructing pathways and may be hazardous.
• Distributing leaflets, hopefully to 1,400 homes. particularly to homes which may not be familiar with the amenities available at Eaglesfield Park and the opportunities for family activities, making new friends, pond dipping, enjoying wildlife and contributing to the future development of the park.
We would like to thank everyone for their enthusiastic help in planning and organising the day, including The Parks Outreach Officer (Parks & Open Spaces, Royal Borough of Greenwich), who have kindly let us borrow the appropriate gardening tools! I am afraid we have not been able to organise the weather, but we remain optimistic !
Of course, the day’s activities would not be taking place without the support and commitment of the youth volunteers. They have already visited the park and hopefully will know just what they have let themselves in for ! We wish them an enjoyable and successful day and look forward to working with them.
Come and see us – the best time might be between 12.00 and 3.00 pm.
We will, of course, report back later.