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Is volunteering ‘just for old people’?

Volunteering

This is one of our Westbury NCS grads Abbie, 18, she took part in NCS last year and is now reaching out to encourage people to get involved in community volunteer projects during their summer holidays.

Abbie

Abbie on programme, pictured centre

Abbie is hoping the experiences she learnt whilst on NCS will help spread the word of the support that young people can offer their communities. Along with her NCS teammates, Abbie took on the challenge of raising money and awareness for the homeless. Her team lead a sponsored ‘sleep-out’ in the city centre to remind the public of the environments homeless people suffer every day. She believes that these acts of volunteering fit into any busy teenager’s life.

Abbie says: “I was a full time sixth form student with two jobs and still found time for three or more volunteering opportunities.”

As a grad, Abbie is urging all you lovely young people to get involved in any projects important to you, no matter how big or small!

“By no means is volunteering just for ‘older’ people, you see changes within yourself that make you a better person and change your self-image, whilst also gaining practical skills such as time-keeping and communication. It is something that anyone can do and something you can do for anyone or anything.”

Abbie is just one of hundreds of thousands of young people who have dedicated more than eight million hours to volunteering through the NCS programme in the past two years. The programme aims to increase social cohesion, social mobility and community engagement.

There are still a few places available for the NCS programme this summer. Sign up today at www.ncswest.co.uk.

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