Sunday, 26 July 2015

The NCS Program - Week 4

1.Why? 2.What? 3.How? I can’t believe it has finished! If you haven’t been reading this past months posts then you won’t know but… on Friday, it was my last day on the NCS program. This week involved us actually doing out social action project. My team decided that we were going to be hosting an arts and craft session, a coffee morning, a sponsored leg wax and creating a memorial garden for our charity, Sands.

On Monday, we started on the garden and had to pull out all of the wild flowers that were already there so that we could create our garden. We had a visitor come to us and he gave us t-shirts and sunglasses with the NCS logo on.

On Tuesday, we spent a whole day preparing the garden and getting all of the old grass out so that we could line it and prevent the wild flowers and weeds destroying the garden. I think everyone would agree that it took longer than expected and were all really tired by the time we had finished.

Wednesday was the day of our arts and craft session. I think I speak on behalf of us all that we were disappointed by the turn out as only 1 child came and there was all 19 of who turned up. Half of us went back to the college so that we could get something done rather than sit around doing nothing.

Our coffee morning was on Thursday and we had a fairly good turn out due to there being family and staff being in the college as well as students and other people on the NCS program who had come back to college for the day. There was a raffle, guess the name of the bear, drinks stand and then the leg waxing taking place by the lads who had kindly volunteered to have this done in order to raise a little more money for Sands.

By the time Friday had come, everyone was feeling really tired due to a busy week we had already had and the thought of having to complete the garden ready for Sam, the women who was coming in to take photos of our nearly finished garden, interview a few of us (yes, one of them was me so you may see me on their advertising), and write up a case about out project. It was a mad rush in the morning so that it was all done ready for her. We are just waiting for the bench to be built, a plaque to go in a say what the garden is about and for the grass to grow and then it's all done.

From going to someone who didn't know anyone at all in all of the groups to have a little family that we have become, it is really surprising how close you become with each other (including the team leader and mentor) which makes the whole ‘goodbye’ part so much harder. I can’t recommend doing this enough. I really didn't want to do it by myself but I can honestly say, it is the best way as you are forced to talk to people and make friends with them which helps you to develop your confidence and can help you the whole way through life wether thats going to college, uni, a new job or simply going somewhere and having to talk to someone. 

I hope this has been interesting and something a little different to usual as you've followed me along this and that you've enjoyed hearing what I’ve been busy doing.

Would you now consider doing NCS or something similar after reading this?

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed

Chloe x