Friday 25th August 2017 was not like other Fridays at our day centre club at Steve Woolley Court, Orton Malborne, Peterborough.

The day club was visited by a group of 14 students aged between 15 and 17 from different schools in the area (including Jack Hunt School, Nene Park Academy and Sir Harry Smith Community College) as part of a scheme called the National Citizen Service (NCS).

The National Citizen Service is a four-week government-funded programme for 15-17 year olds. The idea is that young people can take part in community-based projects called ‘Social Action Projects’. These projects can be anything from fundraising events to raising money for a specific charity.

As part of this specific project organised by Megan Stickland, NCS Co-ordinator at Peterborough United Football Club and Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clubs Development Officer Mandy Dewdney, the group of students from the Peterborough area organised fund-raising activities for the day club at Orton. These included a 15-kilometre sponsored walk and bag-packing at Asda.

The students purchased gifts for the day centre with the funds they raised, to include a large-print Scrabble board game, blankets, cushions, chocolates and biscuits. The group raised £156.67 for the centre from their sponsored walk and these funds will be used to treat Age UK clients to a fish and chip dinner and to buy bingo prizes and wheelchair cushions.

The young people enjoyed chatting to our clients and the clients, who were delighted with the gifts, said they had really enjoyed their visit.

For more information about the National Citizen Service (NCS) see their website at http://www.ncsyes.co.uk

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