SAPs 2018

Our NCS Social Action Projects 2018

Social Action is at the heart of the NCS programme and we are thrilled to be continuing our valued partnerships with Bristol City Council and Cambridge Hospital Trust as we introduce our 2018 Summer NCS cohorts to another programme packed full of social action activity. We have made tremendous strides in providing the young people with a huge amount of social action initiatives to support as new for 2018, Learn by Design have made partnerships with Affinity Water, Rutland County Council, Rutland Water, Age UK, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Staffordshire and Lichfield Canal Trust.

What’s involved:

Bristol City Council will be once again supporting young people through a series of workshops and sessions centred around waste and the rejuvenation of the city. Last year we saw students working with Bristol Waste and visiting Bristol Harbour as part of their projects and this year we’ll see once again litter and recycling being brought to the forefront, showing the importance of keeping the city clean.


Cambridge University Hospital Trust will be welcoming young people to explore their established volunteering, and work experience programme which has an existing dedicated team. This gives the ideal platform for young people to showcase their learning whilst giving back to the community. Working closely this year with ACT – Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust our NCS cohort will be supporting their patient care practices through social action and volunteering.


Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust – we are delighted to be linking in with LHCRT and introducing NCS students to Lichfield city’s historic Gallows Wharf, where social action projects include sign writing a canal mural within the tunnel entrance and working to create a Garden of Reflection in order to enhance the environment of the local community. The Garden of Reflection is one of the key points that Britain in Bloom judges will be inspecting as part of the judging tour.

See all the images from this wonderful Social Action Project:

NCS: Lichfield Social Action Project 2018


Age UK Hertfordshire – Intergenerational activity: Young people are tasked with interviewing Day Care visitors about their childhood memories and returning with sessions/shows developed to entertain.

Check out the pictures from this incredible Social Action Project:

NCS: Age UK Hertfordshire Social Action Project 2018




Staffordshire Police Space Scheme – Support for ‘Space’ the Police Anti-Social Behaviour Programme.

Click here to find out what went on at this incredible Social Action day!


Affinity Water – Two separate locations (Luton and Bedford). Delivering sessions on Water and water conservation.


Jules House, Health and Wellbeing Garden Makeover – This is an outdoor task at Jules House, involving the development of Rutland County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Garden – a sensory garden that was created last year by a team from NCS. The garden is a safe, calm space for children, young people and their family members, either while a session or activity is taking place or just somewhere to relax.

Following on from last year’s project, the team will enhance the garden, building a summer house and securing plants and materials needed from local organisations and businesses in preparation for an Open Day on 1st August. the students will also organise the Open Day with member of local Council attending, along with invited guests, users and friends of the Health and Wellbeing Garden.

Take a look at all the images from this awesome Social Action Project:

NCS: Jules House Social Action Project 2018


We look forward to sharing case studies from these projects at the end of the summer. Follow @bydesigngroup for all the live news and updates.