The Trust has worked with over 130 young people from varied backgrounds during the three phase initiative, Be Epic, Live Life and Social Action Projects. Groups took part in challenges at Borwick Hall, Blackpool Escape Rooms, The Roman’s and much more!
Foundation Learning Lecturer at Myerscough College, Rachel Pendleton, added “Whilst taking part in outward bound activities students overcame personal barriers, challenged their own fears and reached new heights. Special credit goes to Borwick Hall with their metal frame/ portable hoist which enabled our wheelchair students to feel fully included and take part in Canoeing which is an activity many had never done before. The favourite workshop in the second week was British Sign Language (BSL) as the session taught us BSL signs that we could all use in our every day life. This workshop definitely had the biggest impact on our students as it highlighted the communication difficulties that the deaf community face everyday.”
An important part of NCS is recognising the impact that charities and voluntary organisations have within the community and how they can be supported through fundraising or simply raising awareness of the brilliant work that they do. During the Autumn programme groups have supported existing campaigns such as Anti Bullying Week and Rainbow Laces that raises awareness towards the LGBTQ+ community.
Community Cohesion & Inclusion Manager, John Hartley explained, “It’s been wonderful to see the skills developed with all of the groups of students worked with in the previous few months of Autumn NCS delivery. Working with such a diverse group of students has been incredible and to see the young people excel out of their comfort zones has epitomised the impact that NCS really does have.”
Logan, an NCS young person that attends Myerscough College, said, “It felt nice to feel normal and included and take part in all the activities that my classmates did. Although I am in a wheelchair, there were no barriers on the adventure day, and I felt equally as part of the day as my peers. I felt like a kid at Christmas especially when on the Sky Pole activity as I had never been as high in the sky before and felt like Peter Pan flying!”
The Trust will continue to work with NCS graduates as part of the Change Makers initiative. Graduates are this month planning their Christmas Social Action project to support isolated and vulnerable residents in Wyre.
If you would like any further details on any of the above information, please email Community Cohesion & Inclusion Manager, John Hartley on John.Hartley@FleetwoodTownFC.com.