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Posted: 07/10/13

Celebrating a summer of Big Adventures

More than 150 young people will be collecting certificates of achievement signed by the Prime Minister, after a summer of adventure, fundraising and personal development with NCS (National Citizen Service).


West Nottinghamshire College took groups of 16 and 17-year-olds through a four-week action packed programme which included a residential in the Peak District with physical and mental challenges.


The teens also stayed in the University of Nottingham’s halls of residence to gain employability and communication skills through a range of activities. The programme ended with social action projects which prompted the groups to plan a volunteering project for their local communities and included a sponsored bike-a-thon, a fundraising car wash and a talent night.


NCS, delivered by West Nottinghamshire College and the Big Adventure college partnership across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, is a government-led initiative designed to support young people in the transition to adulthood through a summer holiday programme of activities.


On Wednesday (16 October), a graduation evening is being held at Center Parcs to congratulate the 160 young people who completed the NCS project from both West Nottinghamshire College and North Nottinghamshire College, watched by guests including West Nottinghamshire College principal and chief executive Asha Khemka OBE, Mansfield Mayor Tony Egginton and Councillor Alan Rhodes.


Everyone who completed the programme will receive a certificate of achievement signed by Prime Minister David Cameron and can bring a guest with them.


West Nottinghamshire College’s project leader for NCS, Nigel Oldham, said: “This programme was a huge success.  Not only did these individuals enjoy group tasks, got to know new people and learn new things about themselves, but they did an amazing job with organising the fundraising and delivering their social action projects at the end, raising lots of cash for charities.


“Every one of them should be proud of their success and a summer well-spent and we’ll be joining together to congratulate them on their development and achievements at the graduation at Center Parcs.”