Breaking down a segmented society starts with young people #NCS

“Breaking down a segmented society starts with young people” #NCS

This was the message Lord Andrew Adonis kicked off the NCS 2017 Conference 2017 with. Engaging an audience of over 1000 NCS supporters, local delivery partners, Regional DP’s, Trust members and not forgetting the young people themselves, who had heroically battled through the coldest day (-13 degrees) of the year to come and celebrate NCS at the ICC Birmingham.

On stage discussions and reflections 

Rob Houlston from APM provided an entertaining insight into some of the NCS delivery stats and Robin Hopkins Co-founder of Transition Network gave an inspiring glimpse into the world of community enterprise initiatives that consist of opportunities emerging from local economies who have a “Let’s do it” attitude. These are the transferable skills that NCS promotes via SAP. These filtering through communities and changing them for the better, whilst instilling confidence, growth and pride in the people involved.

NCS and it’s awarded Royal Charter status

On stage discussions reflected the importance of NCS school coordinators embedding the NCS ethos into schools and encouraging graduates to continue their journey and become mentors and NCS Staff. Stephen Greene the Chair of the NCS Trust, gave a huge shout out to the outstanding achievement of NCS having been awarded Royal Charter status, granted on 3rd of May this year. 400,000 graduates so far!

Graduates shared their experiences

We saw young people sharing their NCS journeys and a parent championing the NCS programme through her involvement with engagement events within her child’s school. All the stories had one important message – The NCS programme promotes confidence, builds self esteem and creates an improved sense of self; which is a perfect platform for growth for all the young people that take part.

Key note speakers

Katie Thistleton BBC Radio presenter talked about her experience of mental ill health, My Mind and Me and highlighted the Mental Health government strategy for moving forward in 2018. Action for Happiness campaign was presented by the talented Vanessa King, as she talked about the science of happiness and how we all have a part to play in sharing happiness. Mentoring qualities of the NCS Staff plays a huge part in promoting change in young people and challenging them to be the best they can be, within society and beyond.

Mary Daniels – programme, workforce and ethos consultant NCS Trust delivered an incredible speech which encapsulated the spirit of NCS. Mary’s passion surrounding well being and the development of young people, has helped shape and embed a powerful message in supporting young people.

Michael Lynas CEO delivered the final speech of the day commending the audience with an array of impressive statistics which included: 1 in 6 teenagers participating in NCS, 400,000 graduates completing the programme so far and 250% growth recorded. The core NCS principles will continue to be driven by us a core local delivery partner; Social cohesion – Social Engagement – Civil Society.

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