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St Albans NCS team raise £350 for OLLIE

Six teenagers got together for the National Citizen Service (NCS) Action Day put together a sausage sizzle at Bunnings DIY store in St Albans for their Social Action Week. Despite bitter weather conditions, through selling hotdogs and cakes the team raised an outstanding £350. The NCS Action Day is a national campaign to get teenagers volunteering in their local communities.

Amy DeCastillo, 17 and from St Albans, completed the NCS programme last summer and has since gone on to contribute her time and ideas to the NCS regional youth board. She volunteered for the OLLIE Foundation during her NCS experience and was keen to support them again during Action Day.

“Action Day is a great opportunity to give something back to your local community, while also being part of a national event which celebrates the contribution young people can make,” said Amy, an A-level student at Adeyfield School in Hemel. “NCS has genuinely changed my life and so it was important to support a charity that helps young people who feel much less empowered.”

Our employee Verity supported the NCS team’s sausage throughout the Sizzle and said: “The NCS team did brilliantly well, working in freezing conditions and raising a fabulous amount to help fund our suicide intervention skills training. Young people listen to other young people and it has been inspiring to see the NCS team take ownership of the fundraiser and hear their plans for their video education programme. “We hope to work with NCS colleagues and the young people themselves in the future to lessen the stigma of teenage suicide and create a community of confident and skilled people trained to spot and work with young people at risk.”

NCS is delivered regionally by Ingeus, a leading provider of employability and skills programmes for young people and adults, which help people to realise their full potential in both work and life. Find out more about the four-week summer NCS programme for 16-17 year olds at www.ncsingeus.co.uk