Eastwood Nursery Artwork
Image by: Niall Cope
15:30 30th July 2014
National Citizen Service programme benefits local community...
A large number of young people from Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas recently completed a National Citizen Service project in conjunction with Stoke City’s Community Trust.
The national scheme has been delivered by the Community Trust Education and Lifelong Learning Team for the past two years with over 100 young people a year taking part in the programme.
Following residential experiences at Rock UK in Scotland and Reaseheath College in Nantwich, where participants enjoyed several indoor, outdoor and workshop activities, four groups identified, planned and delivered a variety of Social Action Projects in the Potteries.
During the Community Trust’s Social Action Project week, young people volunteered 30 hours of their time to help make a difference to local communities and then showcased their work at venues including Eastwood Neighbourhood Nursery and University Hospital of North Staffordshire as the programme drew to a close.
Val Platt, manager of Eastwood Neighbourhood Nursery, spoke in glowing terms of the scheme after seeing the nursery’s grounds transformed by the participants’ creative artwork.
“They’ve turned the playground and the whole area into a more effective learning environment because it was a bit drab and bare beforehand,” she said.
“They have created so many great pieces of artwork on the walls including all different pieces of nature and animals, and all the parents have commented on how well they’ve worked.
“The group have been really creative in what they have achieved and the area is a whole lot more welcoming.”
She added: “For a long time we haven’t had the money to do it so when we were approached by Stoke City to incorporate it into the National Citizen Service project we were really pleased.
“We gave all the young people a medal because we felt they deserved something special for their efforts as well as helping to improve their self-esteem because it’s important they know how important they are because without them it wouldn’t have been possible.”
Meanwhile, Emma Robertson, deputy manager of the University of North Staffordshire Charity revealed her delight after a fellow group helped to transform a new summer house alongside partners Appetite.
“There was already a connection between Appetite and the UHNSC at Stoke City so we offered this to be a project for them to do,” Emma Robertson said.
“The group have been really excited during the week and we are absolutely delighted with the outcome of their efforts.
“We think they have done a brilliant job and it is exactly how I imagined it would be so it’s fantastic.
“This is our first step into bringing art into the hospital so to be able to link in this project alongside Stoke City’s Community Trust has been a success.”
For more information on the autumn scheme and how you could become involved, please visit www.ncsyes.co.uk or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org