YOUNG people in Redditch are doing their bit for vital local charities as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS).
The NCS is a three to four week programme which enables young people aged 15 to 17 to make a difference and contribute to their local communities.
It is designed to be fun, but also to equip students with evidence of personal achievement and life skills.
This year NCS volunteers are helping a number of small Redditch charities including Carers Careline, Where Next?, Redditch Nightstop and Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation to raise awareness of their work and to fund raise.
They’ll be helped by knowledgeable staff to build and deliver a social action project that makes a real difference to the community organisations.
“It’s been great to see young people finding out more about their local communities and how they can get involved with such enthusiasm and interest,” said Jo Wood from Where Next?
“It’s wonderful to see young people being proactive in the community, getting an understanding of some of the local needs and thinking how they can help,” Susan Sadler, manager of Nightstop.
“The money they raised for us is invaluable – it helps saves lives in Redditch, it’s great to see young people helping us in this important work,” added Rob Underwood from Charlotte and Craig’s Saving Hearts Foundation.
Fiona Mitchell, from Carers Careline said: “We know people want to support their local charities and supporting these young people as they are out and about in Redditch is an ideal way of doing it.
“So many young people are keen to help and make a difference as well as helping the charities – and their clients – who ultimately benefit.”
The scheme will continue to run through July and into August.