Making a difference – National Citizen Service students give Coombe End Court garden a face-liftA team of post GCSE students, who are participating in National Citizen Service (NCS) have spent the week at Coombe End Court care home, transforming the garden with flower beds, a mural and a brightly painted shed.
Manager of Coombe End Court care home, Amanda Palfrey, told marlborough.news, “The NCS students came in and chatted to residents and asked them what they wanted to see in the garden.”
“It’s a really good project. The girls are giving something back to the community and it’s giving them some values and an idea about how to support the elderly. It’s not often you get a bunch of young people who are prepared to give up their time to do something like this. The residents really enjoyed talking to this bubbly group of girls.”
NCS student Cara explained how they had relied entirely on donations for the project. Marlborough Recycling Centre, Rainbows DIY and a DIY shop in Hungerford donated the paint. Tesco and The Sunflower Lady, Carola Puddy-Henny, donated the flowers.
The students, who come from many different parts of Wiltshire, have all enjoyed the NCS programme which has lasted for four weeks. The first week was spent enjoying outdoor activities such as kayaking and coasteering around Poole Harbour. The second week focused on life skills such as first aid and budgeting. The course finished with planning and then executing a community project.
“I would definitely, 100% recommend it,” said Cara. “The best things have been meeting new people, learning to get out there, knowing how to be yourself around new people – it gives you a lot more self-confidence.”
Team leader Jordan Jackson, who has just finished his third year at Southampton University, said, “NCS can really make a difference to a kid’s life. I would definitely have done it if I’d known about it when I was at school. The cost is minimal, at the most £50 for the four weeks.”
Another NCS student, Monalisa, commented, “I highly recommend NCS for any Year 11. I’ve learned life-skills, public speaking.”
“This thing rocks,” added Katie. “We’re smashin’ it !”
The girls are looking forward to their NCS graduation on the evening of August 23, the dreaded GCSE results day. Monalisa and Teresa are creating a video, to be shown at the evening, summing up their NCS experience.
Perhaps one of the messages they will take away from the experience is what they painted on the Coombe End Court mural – “When it rains look for rainbows, when it’s dark look for stars.”
More than 400,000 young people have already participated in NCS which is run all over the country. To find out more go to : https://www.ncsyes.co.uk/what-is-ncs