Category Archive: NCS

  1. Job vacancy – NCS Senior Co-ordinator

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, charismatic and dedicated individual to join our National Citizen Service team.

    We are a diverse Trust that respects differences in race, disability, gender, faith background or personal circumstances we welcome all application. We want everyone to feel valued and included in the football community and to achieve their full potential. The trust is opposed to any discrimination and commits itself to the redress of any inequalities by taking positive action where appropriate.

    Job Role: NCS Senior Co-ordinator
    Duration:  Full time
    Hours: 37.5 hours
    Salary: £21,000.00-£23,000 (depending on experience)

    How to apply:
    Download application form here 
    Download Job Description here 

    Closing date: 13th of September 2019, 12noon.
    Interview date: TBC

    Please send a copy of your job application to jobs@rotherhamunited.net. If you require any more information please contact Carole Foster, NCS Manager on 01709 827767.

    This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in light of the changing needs of Rotherham United Community Sports Trust.

    RUCST is committed to safeguarding and promoting welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff to share this commitment.

    As part of this commitment to providing a safe environment for our young people, we require all candidates to undertake and return a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate. RUCST will assist with the application for, and pay for the process of, a new DBS for staff members where required.

    Criminal Records Disclosures

    We recognise the contribution that former or ex-offenders can make as an employee; a person’s criminal record will not, in itself, debar that person from being appointed to this post. Candidates will be given the opportunity to provide us with information on their criminal record, which will be treated in the strictest confidence. Suitable applicants will not be refused posts because of any offences which are not relevant to the role and which do not make them a risk in the role for which they are applying.

    Equal Opportunities

  2. Eggcelent Easter service at Rotherham Hospital thanks to NCS volunteers

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    Members of the Rotherham United Community Sports Trust’s National Citizen Service hosted an Easter themed bake sale and raffle at Rotherham Hospital to raise funds for The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s youngest patients.

    Libby Meadows and sisters Lauren Hollingsworth-Smith and Mia Hollingsworth-Smith of Wath Academy sold a host of cookies, cupcakes and chocolaty treats and raffled a giant bunny, a chocolate hamper, Easter eggs and a home-made celebration cake.

    They raised £252.27 for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s Dr Ted children’s appeal.

    Barry Mellor, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, said: “Easter is a time for celebration and we couldn’t think of a better way to mark the run up to the Bank Holiday weekend than sharing cake and goodies with our colleagues, family and friends. The volunteers from Rotherham United’s NCS did an amazing job of getting everyone in the mood for Easter and to raise so much for our Dr Ted children’s appeal is a really wonderful achievement. Thank you to everyone who supported them, whether by baking or buying treats and raffle tickets.”

    If you would like to find out more information about the NCS programme, please contact 01709 827767.

  3. Trust welcomes Hayley to the NCS team

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    Hayley collectively 3 years working within the football industry, working previously at Doncaster Rovers and Scunthorpe United, in various positions and now joins RUFC as a NCS Co-ordinator.

    Most recently, Hayley has worked within Customer Service sector, but also dabbled in the Radio industry, mainly in presenting and events but also providing help in voiceover and production at a couple of local stations.

    Hayley also has a degree in Events Management, from both the University of Cumbria and Sheffield Hallam University, graduating in 2015.

    “I’m thrilled to be joining the NCS Team at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, I’m hoping to use my previous experience and skills to help shape and develop the programme across the Rotherham community. I am really excited to get started and get stuck in!

    if you would like to find out more information please contact the NCS team ncs@rotherhamunited.net

  4. Marketing & Communications Intern

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are looking for an enthusiastic Part-time Marketing & Communications Intern to join our team.

    About the Organisation & NCS Programme

    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) work alongside Rotherham United Football Club to bring a better standard of living to various groups across the borough of Rotherham. RUCST delivers under four main themes of the English Football League Trust: Education, Health & Wellbeing, Inclusion and Sports Participation. Within this offer we are joint largest provider of the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme in Yorkshire & Humber. This is a government funded programme which provides a once in a lifetime experience to 15-17 year olds. The aim of the programme is to promote a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society. It is a fun, action packed programme comprised of residential and social action activity that gives young people the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends whilst developing their skills and doing something truly inspiring with their summer. Our most recent summer programme saw us engage with 665 young people and our target for summer 2019 is 705 young people.

    Position: Marketing and Communications Intern

    Description: Rotherham United Community Sports Trust seeks a dynamic self-starter to assist in its marketing and communications efforts. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of marketing whilst working for a locally based non-profit organisation.

    Responsibilities:

    • Update and maintain RUCST & NCS social media presence, including scheduling Twitter, Instagram & Facebook updates
    • Assist in planning, writing and managing monthly eNewsletter
    • Draft, distribute and pitch news releases, media alerts and other stories
    • Designing flyers, graphics, e-vites and other marketing material for RUCST & NCS events
    • Update the RUCST website when needed
    • Reach out to the community organisations, general public with the message about what RUCST & NCS offers
    • Collaborating with staff on new ideas, directions, and venues for marketing and communications

    Qualifications:

    • Firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media space
    • Completed or working toward a degree, preferably in a related field (e.g. English,
    Marketing/Communications or Public Relations)
    • Previous internship or related experience in marketing or communications would be advantageous
    • Must be computer literate (working knowledge of word processing, PowerPoint, Excel). Proficiency in Adobe, InDesign and Photoshop
    • Knowledge of HTML and graphic design would be advantageous
    • An effective communicator, both written and oral
    • Ability to communicate in a professional manner with press and community contacts
    • Self-motivated, good organisational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritise, multi-task and meet deadlines
    • Enthusiasm or other experience in Youth Work would also be an advantage

    Start Date: Position open until filled, requires 3 – 6 month commitment.

    Hours: Negotiable but must meet criteria of at least 100 hours to be completed

    Compensation: This is an Unpaid/Volunteer internship

    To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to ncs@rotherhamunited.net or you can apply here:- http://www.rucst.co.uk/news/vacancies/

    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic, background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

  5. Position: Media Production Intern

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are looking for an enthusiastic Part-time Media Production Intern to join our team.

    About the Organisation & NCS Programme

    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) work alongside Rotherham United Football Club to bring a better standard of living to various groups across the borough of Rotherham. RUCST delivers under four main themes of the English Football League Trust: Education, Health & Wellbeing, Inclusion and Sports Participation. Within this offer we are joint largest provider of the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme in Yorkshire & Humber. This is a government funded programme which provides a once in a lifetime experience to 15-17 year olds. The aim of the programme is to promote a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society. It is a fun, action packed programme comprised of residential and social action activity that gives young people the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends whilst developing their skills and doing something truly inspiring with their summer. Our most recent summer programme saw us engage with 665 young people and our target for summer 2019 is 705 young people.

    Description and Responsibilities

    As Media Production Intern you will work closely with the NCS team to film and provide film and photography content at both pre-programme and on-programme events. The role will be mainly focused around pre-programme retention of young people and filming and editing our staff and young people at live on-programme events to capture the spirit of the NCS programme. It will also include the preparing of a wide range of video and photographic material.

    All applicants will need a strong grasp of film and video editing. A good understanding of how to construct a gripping, newsworthy story would also be an advantage. Experience with editing software (Adobe Premiere) is not necessary but would be advantageous and a keen enthusiasm for and desire to work in media is a must!
    Ideally you will have completed or be working towards a degree, preferably in a related field (e.g., Film/Media/Photography)

    If you think you have what it takes, please apply!

    Start Date: Position open until filled, requires 3 – 6 month commitment.

    Hours: Internships will last up to 3 – 6 months on a part-time basis with hours to be discussed but you must be available to cover some hours during summer 2019 on the programme (running from 17th June 2019 – 31st August 2019).
    You must also cover the minimum criteria of 100 hours.

    Compensation: This is an Unpaid/Volunteer internship

    To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to ncs@rotherhamunited.net or you can apply here:- http://www.rucst.co.uk/news/vacancies/

    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic, background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

  6. Welcome Gareth Beer!

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are delighted to welcome Gareth Beer to our fantastic team.

    Gareth has over eight years’ experience working with young people and communities, both in paid and voluntary roles; Gareth joins as a Senior NCS Coordinator for the Community Trust.

    For the past two years Gareth has been working on the NCS programme in Lancashire and Manchester, setting up and delivering the summer programmes. During this time Gareth has helped to build community links with various organisations, charities and businesses, as well as engaging young people in all areas of the programme.

    “I’m excited to be joining Rotherham United Community Sports Trust and have the opportunity to contribute to what is already a great asset in the local community. I have a real passion for helping young people realise their potential and challenging themselves to do things they never realised they could. I am also keen to raise awareness of mental health within young people, and to support those who are struggling with their own mental health. It’s something that I feel passionate about and want to promote positive change in this community, especially through the NCS programme.”

    If you would like to find out more information about Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, please visit rucst.co.uk or email community@rothehramunited.net.

  7. NCS Graduates represent RUCST at a local, regional and national level

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    We are often so focussed on recruiting young people onto our NCS programme and ensuring that their on-programme experience is full of fun, relevance and quality that we overlook the impact that our programme has had on the young people we work with. This is where our attention lies in this month’s department update.

    Over the last two months our NCS Graduates have taken advantage of opportunities presented to them through their involvement in NCS and they’ve been making their mark and developing their skills to further enrich their experiences.

    Emma Thompson (NCS Graduate 2016) and Casey Holmes (NCS Graduate from 2017), both of whom are members of the NCS ELFT Regional Youth Board, went down to London earlier this month to volunteer along with 98 other NCS Graduates from across the country at the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day. Graduates were invited by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to be a part of the national remembrance service ensuring it ran smoothly by registering guests, leading the main procession and laying wreaths.

    Casey and fellow RUCST NCS Graduate Reece Mitchell co-hosted the inaugural EFLT NCS Champion School event at Doncaster Rovers FC. The event celebrated and thanked the efforts and commitment shown by school teachers, Head of Years and Head Teachers who have helped over 23,000 young people from South Yorkshire & Humberside access the NCS programme since its inception in 2011. Casey and Reece each gave compelling accounts of their on-programme experiences and highlighted the way in which NCS has helped ‘open doors’ since they graduated from the programme in 2017.

    Yasmin Aziz (NCS Graduate 2018) was selected out of over 300 applicants from across the country to take part in Kickstart – a week-long residential in Milton Keynes helping young people bond with other NCS Graduates and helping to prepare them for what to expect as they take up a position on their regional youth boards. Since Kickstart, Yasmin has taken part in a weekend away in the Lake District bonding with new and existing members of the Regional Youth Board including RUCST’s Casey Holmes and Emma Thompson. She has also championed the NCS programme by talking at our Y11 assembly in Wickersley School & Sixth Form College and has enrolled on our local Graduates Programme that has lunched this month.

    NCS grad

  8. welcome Dale Shires!

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are delighted to welcome Dale Shires to our fantastic team.

    Dale has over six years’ experience working with young people from the United Kingdom and South East Asia; Dale joins as NCS Coordinator for the Community Trust.

    For the past 4 years Dale has been working in Koh Samui, Thailand on a project that specialises in developing community links between International Schools and Cambridge Assessment International Education. During his time in Asia, Dale has taught Outdoor Pursuits, Physical Education, Science and Health to a wide variety of ethnicities and a diverse range of backgrounds.

    “I am thrilled to join Rotherham United Community Sports Trust; it is a very established club which I believe has the facilities in place to better the community of Rotherham. I have a real passion for nurturing young people within a safe environment and guiding them in the right direction towards future opportunities” added Shires, who is also a TEFL/TESOL Tutor. “I am focusing on working with Young People’s Services and would welcome any advice on how to develop additional links”.

    If you would like to find out more information about the trust, please visit rucst.co.uk or email community@rotherhamunited.net.

  9. NCS Team Assistant Vacancy – Summer 2019

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    Do something different with your summer whilst earning money . . .

    The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a national programme that brings together 15-17 year olds from different backgrounds and takes them through a programme of activities which builds their confidence and enables them to make a difference in their local community. It helps young people build skills for work and life, whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new people. More details can be obtained from www.ncsyes.co.uk

     We are recruiting Team Assistants to support Team Leaders with guiding their teams of up to 15 young people through our summer NCS programme. The applicant should be a passionate individual with experience and knowledge of working with groups of young people.

    We are very proud of our strong reputation and have high expectations of all our staff and firmly believe that great team assistants are absolutely essential for the successful delivery of the NCS programme.

    Team assistants will support the team leader in providing an amazing summer experience for their group of young people.

    You will guide, inspire and develop your team of participants through the NCS programme, two weeks of which, will involve staying and working residentially (Monday –Friday only).

    Suitable candidates will be passionate and enthusiastic individuals. We are looking to build a diverse team of assistant’s for summer 2019 with a range of knowledge, skillsets and experiences to match the diverse nature of young people taking part in NCS.

    Successful candidates will be asked to attend a training weekend to gain a wealth of skills and knowledge regarding working on NCS such as mental health, first aid and residential training.

    Completion of a programme will see candidates earning up to £1020.

    How to apply:
    Download full job description here
    Download person specification here
    Download application form here

    Please note the post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and validation of references

    To apply please request an application form and return along with your CV, to:

    atolson@rotherhamunited.net

    Or alternatively applications will also be accepted via post to:

    Amanda Tolson
    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
    New York Stadium
    New York Way
    Rotherham
    S60 1AH

    Closing date: 30th April 2019

  10. NCS Team Leader Vacancy – Summer 2019

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    Do something different with your summer whilst earning . . .

    The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a national programme that brings together 15-17 year olds from different backgrounds and takes them through a programme of activities which builds their confidence and enables them to make a difference in their local community. It helps young people build skills for work and life, whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new people. More details can be obtained from www.ncsyes.co.uk

    We are recruiting Team Leaders to support teams of up to 15 young people through our summer NCS programme. The applicant should be a passionate individual with experience and knowledge of working with groups of young people.

    We are very proud of our strong reputation and have high expectations of all our staff and firmly believe that great team leaders are absolutely essential for the successful delivery of the NCS programme.

    Team leaders will guide, inspire and develop their team of participants, through the NCS programme, two weeks of which, will involve staying and working residentially (Monday –Friday only).

    Team Leaders will support and lead the other staff allocated to their team (Team Assistant) to ensure the successful delivery of the NCS experience. Assistants will support the team leader in providing an amazing summer experience for their group of young people.

    Suitable candidates will be passionate and enthusiastic individuals. We are looking to build a diverse team of leaders for Summer 2019 with a range of knowledge, skillsets and experiences to match the diverse nature of young people taking part in NCS.

    Successful candidates will be asked to attend a training weekend to gain a wealth of skills and knowledge regarding working on NCS such as mental health, first aid and residential training.

    In return you can earn up to £1400 per wave completed subject to completion of the training weekend.

    How to apply:
    Download full job description here
    Download person specification here
    Download application form here

    Please note the post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and validation of references
    To apply please request an application form and return along with your CV, to:

    atolson@rotherhamunited.net

    Or alternatively applications will also be accepted via post to:

    Amanda Tolson
    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
    New York Stadium
    New York Way
    Rotherham
    S60 1AH

    Closing date: 30th April 2019

  11. An interview with Tommy…

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    Tom Charlton, 72, is the younger brother of World Cup winners Jack and Bobby Charlton. A member of Mature Millers Walking Football Club, attached to Rotherham United, he made his England over 60s debut in the 3-0 defeat of Italy at Brighton’s Amex Stadium. Before the game Jack sent a good luck message from himself and Bobby.

    Tom is an ambassador for the Walking Football Association. He was a miner at Lynemouth Colliery and played in the Ashington Welfare League before injury curtailed his amateur career  He moved to Rotherham with the Miners Rescue Service.

    Tom gives a revealing insight into what life is like being part of  famous footballing family in conversation with Ken Gaunt..

    Where were you on that day in 1966  when England won the World Cup?

    I watched the game on TV with my then girlfriend at her house. The reason I did not go to the game was because I was an apprentice at the pit and I had no money.

    I did not know how to get to Wembley, I did not know where I could stay and I was most definitely not going to ask Bob and Jack for money at a time like that. They had far too many things to do without worrying about me.

    Within our family the pride and joy at the achievement was indescribable, I thought Mum and Dad were going to burst, I felt exactly the same, it was a wonderful time.

    Congratulations on playing for England walking football over 60s. How did that feel at your age?

    It  was absolutely wonderful to be able to pull on an England strip and represent my country. The Italian team were very sporting and genuinely nice guys. It was a privilege to play against them.

    To win in the very first International match ever played at walking football in England  will remain with me for the rest of my days.

    Can you tell me what your football background is. Did you play professionally?

    I played amateur football until I broke my kneecap in a friendly game. Since then I have played intermittently on an amateur basis.

    I never seriously tried to get into the professional game mainly because of the brilliance of my brothers, how can a mere mortal compete with that?

    How long have you been playing walking football and what made you take it up?

    I started playing about six years ago when Rotherham United Community Sports Trust started  the sport at our local leisure centre.

    I took one look and decided immediately that it was just what I needed to lose weight, to get fitter and to meet new friends. I have never made a better decision in my life!!

    How have you coped with being Jack and Bobby’s brother?

    I am lucky to have two brothers who care very much for me, we have always got on tremendously well. It has always been difficult to get people to realise that we are…brothers.

    I can honestly say that there has never been a moment in my entire life when I have felt anything but proud and privileged to have been given the opportunities to be part of the famous Charlton family.

    You have appeared on TV and radio  recently and stories written about you in the papers.  How has that been for you?

    I have tried to use the time to encourage other older people like me to give walking football a try.

    I am not very important but it IS very important to let others know the very real benefits that they can achieve. If I can do that then all of the press and TV interest will have been worth it and I get a lot of satisfaction from that.

     

  12. NCS gets Rotherham teens on the pitch at the AESSEAL NYS!

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    At our recent South Yorkshire derby fixture against Doncaster Rovers, a handful of lucky young people who graduated from the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme in the summer of 2017 here at Rotherham, joined us to raise awareness of the amazing opportunity for 15-17 year olds that is NCS.

    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) organised for the graduates to get pitch side before kick-off and help launch the NCS Matchday Takeover in front of a sell-out crowd! The graduates also got the chance to be amongst the players during the warm up and enjoyed complimentary tickets to a thrilling game which saw Rotherham clinch a last-gasp winner to claim all three points and make it 7 wins on the bounce!

    The event, which was supported by Rotherham United Football Club and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, was part of a wider EFL Trust campaign that sees NCS Matchday Takeovers reach over 30 EFL and Premier League clubs across the country, highlighting the positive work that young people have done in their local communities. In 2017, NCS Matchday Takeovers reached over 3 million people, with over 500 football players across the country celebrating NCS and the young people that had given back to their local communities.

    NCS graduate Casey Holmes from Rotherham had the opportunity to interview Rotherham United First Team Player and NCS Ambassador Ben Purrington. After the pre-match interview, Casey said: “It was an amazing experience to interview Ben and share the same passion for NCS, it was refreshing to hear a professional footballer say they would have 100% took part in NCS if it wasn’t for his involvement in a professional football setting at the time of his opportunity.”

    “Through the programme I met a variety people from different backgrounds who have taught me a lot about the wonderfully diverse society we live in. I’ve overcome so many obstacles along the way that have allowed me to essentially go on to bigger and better things. I hope the NCS Matchday Takeovers help inspire fellow young people to get involved and help benefit their futures!”

    Grad Frame Photo

    NCS is a government backed, youth development programme that challenges, develops and upskills young people aged 15-17, readying them for their next steps in life. Almost 400,000 young people have completed the NCS programme to date, giving up an incredible 11.7 million hours to social action projects since NCS started. RUCST have engaged with over 2,000 young people since 2011 and are an ever-expanding LDP who will be taking over 700 young people alone this summer!

    Defender Ben Purrington is a huge supporter of the NCS programme: “I thoroughly enjoyed Saturday as it’s always a pleasure to meet such an inspiring group of young people and hear about the great things they have accomplished on NCS.”

    “It’s an absolute honour to be chosen as the NCS Ambassador for Rotherham United Community Sports Trust as this brilliant programme gives young people the chance to experience a variety of activities and challenges whilst building new friendships and benefiting the local community. Ultimately, NCS lays a solid foundation for young people to confidently progress and achieve whatever their future aspirations are.”

    If you are aged 15-17 and want to be involved in this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience you can sign up online at www.ncsyes.co.uk. Make sure you contact the NCS team first at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust by emailing ncs@rotherhamunited.net or calling 01709 827767. Ask to speak to a member of the NCS team for the £15 discount code in order to get this incredible experience for just £35!

  13. Purrington pledges his support for NCS

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    Ben Purrington took time out of his busy schedule last week to get pitch-side with NCS Graduate Casey Holmes.

    Purrington, player ambassador for NCS (National Citizen Service) at Rotherham United Community Sport Trust, took on Casey in a head-to-head YES NO game, all to raise awareness for NCS in Rotherham and to encourage more young people to get involved!

    This summer, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust will engage over 700 young people aged 15-17 years old in NCS – a government backed, youth development programmes that challenges, develops and upskills young people, readying them for their next steps.

    Casey Holmes from Maltby Academy graduated NCS in 2017 and has since furthered her development through joining RUCST’s NCS Graduates Programme as well as the regional NCS Youth Board. Speaking about her post-programme experience, Casey noted how NCS had “helped her access some amazing opportunities and gave her the confidence to continue to make positive change in her local community”.

    Ben has pledged his support for NCS and has asked for more young people like Casey to challenge themselves and say YES to NCS. “NCS gives young people the chance to stand on their own two-feet, make their own decisions and create change in their communities. It comes at a time in their lives where these lessons are invaluable and it’ll really help them in their futures. It’d be great to see even more young people taking part”.

    For more information about NCS and to enquire as to how to sign up, contact Rotherham United Community Sports Trust on 01709 827767 or email ncs@rotherhamunited.net. NCS…it all starts at YES!

     

  14. NCS social action visits AESSEAL NYS

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust were delighted to welcome some guests to New York Stadium in the form of a group of NCS participants as part of their social action project.

    NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 15-17 year olds which helps build skills for work and life whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.

    This particular group were taking part in a sponsored walk from Hillsborough to the New York to raise money for a young person currently spending their time in a Surrey hospital after being hit by a car. All money raised is going to the family in order to cover travel costs to be able to see their son. The sponsored walk was said to be “symbolic of the journey, a long a strenuous one, that Akeems’ family makes down to Surrey” by groups NCS team leader.

    NCS Recruitment Officer Levi Ashton said that “it’s always amazing to see the great ideas and hard work these young people put into their NCS social action. This is a truly inspiring project and you could see the bond that the group had after having fun and being independent on their NCS residential”

    If you or your son/daughter is interested in this summer’s NCS there are still places available on wave 4 and 5. Contact Rotherham United Community Sports Trust on 01709 827767 or email lashton@rotherhamunited.net for information on how to sign up.

    Rotherham United Football Club: www.themillers.co.uk
    Website: www.rucst.co.uk
    Facebook: Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
    Twitter: @RU_CST

  15. NCS take-over success

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    Saturday’s one-all draw between Rotherham United and Blackburn Rovers played host to the official EFLT NCS Match Day Take-Over fixture. NCS (National Citizen Service) is a youth development programme for 15-17 year olds.

    The programme itself helps young people develop skills for work and life by getting them involved in residential and community based activities. Such activities provide young people with the experience necessary to boost their CV’s, confidence and job applications whist also encouraging them to take responsibility for their own actions and development.

    At Saturday’s fixture, RUCST’s NCS team were out in force, sporting their bright NCS hoodies and creating a buzz about the game before kick-off. A team of NCS staff and Graduates (previous NCS participants) were stationed outside the front of the stadium, promoting the programme by talking to people, handing out fliers and generally making noise about NCS!

    Players also posed with the official #NCS photo frame and alongside Miller Bear, they donned the NCS “it all starts at YES” Take-Over T-Shirt pre-game!

    NCS also took over the Goal Zone, providing pre-match activities to young people of the age for NCS. This included a reaction wall competition, FIFA 17’ on the Xbox as well as table tennis. The entertainment didn’t stop there as dance crew ‘Limited Edition’, headed up by RUCST’s very own Anthony Bayou (NCS Project Assistant), performed live to NCS Ambassador Jess Glynne’s track ‘No Rights, No Wrongs’.

    Although 0-0 at half time, five lucky Miller’s fans already had something to cheer about having found a GOLD STAR underneath their seat, providing them with a free place on NCS with RUCST this summer!

    For more information about NCS, please contact ncs@rotherhamunited.net or call 01709 827767 between the hours of 9am-4:30pm. “NCS…it all starts at YES”.

    Rotherham United Football Club: www.themillers.co.uk
    Website: www.rucst.co.uk
    Facebook: Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
    Twitter: @RU_CST

    NCS take over

  16. NCS take-over is BACK!

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust’s NCS Department are taking over this Saturday’s fixture: Rotherham United v’s Blackburn Rovers.

    NCS, a youth development programme aimed at 15-17 years olds gives young people the chance to do something truly worthwhile with their summer whilst having fun and making new friends. The NCS team will be out in force promoting the programme as well as providing pre-match entertainment in the Goal Zone and pitch-side! Look out for the NCS video on the big screen and listen out at half time for the 5 STAR FREE PLACE give away! For more information about NCS call 01709 827767 or email ncs@rotherhamunited.net. NCS…it all starts at YES!

    Rotherham United Football Club: www.themillers.co.uk
    Website: www.rucst.co.uk
    Facebook: Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
    Twitter: @RU_CST

     

  17. NCS participants selected for National Leaders week

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    On the back of an amazing summer 2016 NCS program with Rotherham United, Emma Thompson was successfully selected to take part in the National NCS Leaders week. A program ran by the NCS Trust in which a group of young people from across England and Northern Ireland were chosen to take part in a jam packed week in London. Emma was shortlisted from 10,000 applicants to one of 107 which is an amazing achievement in itself.

    The NCS Trust sent Emma a train ticket, Oyster Card and information of her travel, as well as an information pack for herself and her parents ahead of the program. This was the first time Emma had travelled alone which she said was, ‘nerve racking but exciting,’

    On the departure day Emma excitedly boarded her train to London wondering what the experience would hold in store.  Emma recollects arriving in London to “lots of friendly faces from the NCS illumine” who guided all of the graduates to the NCS trusts offices in Kensington.

    Throughout the week the Graduates had a variety of exciting experiences and attended a number of events planned by the NCS Trust to broaden their knowledge and develop their skills. The group were given a tour of parliament and were fortunate enough to meet the local MP John Heeley. During the visit the group were also fortunate enough to experience an audience with the Inspirational one hand pianist, Nicholas McCarthy, who shared his story with the group, and encouraged them to never give up on their dreams.

    There was lots of fun to be had too during the Leaders week with the young people taking on the London challenge where the groups had to navigate themselves around the city, completing a variety of fun challenges. This gave the group chance to put the skills learnt on NCS during summer into practice whilst further developing their teamwork, communication and social skills.

    Emma told me how astonished she was at how the NCS programme has developed her “Before NCS I was shy and timid and would never speak up in a group. I can’t believe that 6 months on I have just delivered a presentation to Michael Lynas the CEO of the NCS Trust in Central London.  I am so proud of everything that I have achieved and truly believe that if you want something enough anything is possible”.

    Tony Buck, Youth Engagement Officer for the English Football League explained, ‘the long-term vision for Leaders week is that we invest into a small group of NCS grads, to train, equip and expose them to experiences that will develop them as leaders. The time and commitment NCS invest into these young people provides them with the skills, and confidence to go back to their regional youth boards and local providers as leaders, to inspire other young people to continue to use the skills they developed on NCS in their local communities. Tony stated ‘I didn’t know Emma prior to Leaders week but having worked with her on the week and since. I can wholeheartedly say that Emma is one of the strongest members of the Regional Youth Board and I am convinced she will continue to achieve great things through her continued involvement in NCS.’

    Rotherham United CST are proud to be the leading provider within the Yorkshire and Humberside region with a staggering 111% turn up against sign up rate. We are now recruiting for our summer 2017 programs. Over half of our places have already gone, with wave 1 being completely sold out. To express interest or for any queries, please contact The NCS Team on 01709 827767 or ncs@rotherhamunited.net. “NCS…it all starts at YES!”

  18. Teary Skies single inspired by SAFE@LAST

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    Depaul SAFE@LAST has released a Christmas single, Teary Skies, recorded by Rotherham National Citizen Service (NCS) –  which has made it into the pop charts.

    The moving song, written and recorded by young people after hearing the stories of runaway children, has risen as high as Number 24 in the iTunes Alternative chart.

    SAFE@LAST’s Jay Yerrell took three clients, former runaway children, to meet the 16-year-olds after an NCS sleepout at Rotherham United Community Football Club’s ground.

    He said: “They were so moved by the stories they heard, they were inspired to write and release a song to raise money for SAFE@LAST.

    “I worked with five of them on the song, another five planned and filmed the video and five worked on marketing and promoting the song. It is a great song and to get it into the charts, particularly at this time of year, is a fantastic achievement.”

    Depaul SAFE@LAST, based in Dinington, South Yorkshire, provides services and support for children and young people who are at risk of harm before, during and after running away.

    NCS Project Manager Carole Foster said: “It was put together by 15 young people aged 16 who were involved in NCS and with Rotherham United Community Sports Trust during the summer.

    “As part of the programme, the group took part in a big sleepout to raise awareness and funds and decided to investigate further some of the reasons why young people run away from home.

    “The participants researched the stories of children as young as nine sleeping out at Christmas in wheelie bins.  The research had such a profound impact on the team, they decided to write and record their own song and music video to raise awareness of the issue and funds for Depaul SAFE@LAST.”

    The brilliant song, which tells the story of a child who runs away from an abusive home environment, sleeps rough and is rescued and helped by SAFE@LAST, can be bought online for just 99p at: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/teary-skies-single/id1173968017

    The highly professional video can be viewed on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5NEE4YRzKs

    Carole added: “The young people were keen to put into practice their new found skills from the NCS programme and very quickly and skilfully negotiated the help of the renowned Music Factory, known for its production of the Spice Girls and Take That, while also securing the services of video production company Oliver Brian, which has recently won a MOBO Award for their production of Nadia Rose.”

    Media Contact: Ollie Wilson, Depaul UK, Oliver.Wilson@depaulcharity.org.uk, 07823 412127

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  19. Music single released in aid of local charity

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    Rotherham United Community sport trusts NCS team have raised the bar on this Summers social action project and created a fantastic new single to help raise funds for local charities.

    On Saturday 12th November 2016 the charity single “Teary Skies” was launched at The Trades in Rotherham, where artists such as Alex Moorhouse, August Cold, Daniel Horsham plus more all performed in aid of Safe@Last. The night was a huge success and the turnout was incredible! The funds raised is in the region of £800.00 and we hope this will continue to rise with the release of the single through iTunes.

    If you would like to pre-order the single, please visit the iTunes website here.

    All proceeds from the purchasing of the single will go towards Safe@Last – a South Yorkshire charity for runaway children.

    Club Website: www.themillers.co.uk
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  20. Trusts NCS team set to launch music single

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    Our NCS team have raised the bar on this Summers social action project and created a fantastic new single to help raise funds for local charities.

    On Saturday 12th November 2016 the charity single “Teary Skies” will be launched at The Trades in Rotherham 7pm-11pm. Tickets can be bought on the door so be sure to come down and show your support! Take a sneak peak of the vid before the single officially launches on iTunes on Sunday 13th November.

    All proceeds from the purchasing of the single will go towards Safe@Last – a South Yorkshire charity for runaway children.

    Watch the trailer below!..

     

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  21. Frecks named NCS Ambassador for Rotherham

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    Rotherham United Community Sports Trust is delighted to announce that Lee Frecklington has been named as this season’s National Citizen Service (NCS) Ambassador. Lee Frecklington is one of 40 players across the country to have pledged support for the NCS programme. Back of the Net!

    Rotherham United is at the heart of the community and Lee Frecklington is a well-known name in Rotherham and so will play an integral role in helping raise awareness of NCS and engage with the wider community.

    Lee Frecklington will work alongside Rotherham Community Trust by visiting school assemblies, engaging with young people on NCS programmes, and celebrating the amazing work young people achieve whilst taking part in NCS.

    Lee Frecklington “I’m really proud to be chosen as NCS Ambassador for Rotherham United CST.  NCS is a brilliant programme! It gives young people the chance to experience a variety of challenges while building new friendships and undertaking projects that help the local community. I’m looking forward to getting involved in NCS this season and meeting the inspirational young people on the programme.  I understand that last year they raised over 11,000 for 19 local charities and I can’t wait to see if they can’t beat it in 2017”.

    Carole Foster, NCS Project Manager said “We are delighted to have Lee as the NCS Ambassador, he is a credit to both the club and the trust. Lee has always gone above and beyond in support of Rotherham United Community sports trust and we are honoured he’s able to support us”

    NCS takes place across Rotherham with Rotherham United Community Sports Trust this spring and summer and is open to all 15-17 year olds for £50. For more information visit www.ncsefltrust.co.uk.

    To find out more information about Rotherham United Community Sports Trust please contact us on 01709 827767 or email community@rotherhamunited.net.

    Club Website: www.themillers.co.uk
    Trust Website: www.rucst.co.uk
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  22. APPEAL | Empty shoe boxes and bags for life wanted

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    Our NCS department are in need of empty shoe boxes and bags for life to add winter essential’s for homeless charities!

    The NCS department in partnership with RCAT college have been raising money for, Shiloh, Lighthouse homes, and Rush house homeless charities. After completing a 7 hour sponsored sit out in Rotherham town centre, we were overwhelmed by the response from the kind hearted people of Rotherham, receiving amazing donations and raising  over £635! With the money we are putting together winter essential care packages for the homeless around Rotherham.  As a result we are in need of empty SHOE BOXES and BAGS FOR LIFE to hold and deliver the items purchased with the funds raised.

    If anyone has either of these items spare and would like to donate them we have a metal drop off box in the New York Stadium reception where you can drop off these items. If you have any questions or for further details please contact us on 01709 827767 or email on rgreen@rotherhamunited.net

    Club Website: www.themillers.co.uk
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  23. New Staff | Meet Rachael

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    We are pleased to welcome Rachael Green to our fantastic team…

    Position at the trust: NCS Assistant officer

    Having recently graduating from Northumbria University with a first class degree in BA Hons Performance, Rachael spent time travelling around South East Asia which had always been a dream of hers. Enjoying different cultures and experiences she’s glad she took this time away following an intense university degree.

    Rachael is a motivated individual keen to develop and willing to work hard in order to achieve. From being on a physically demanding course at university, she is excited to work in an energetic and performance-driven environment. Having over two years’ experience working on the NCS programme she is very passionate about the opportunity it gives young people, and feels privileged to have a role in that. Rachael’s goal in life is to have a positive role in inspiring young adults and we feel she will be a great addition to our very successful NCS team. With her Bubbly vivacious personality she hopes to bring fresh and exciting ideas, adding to the progression of our program. From doing performance at university she brings a fun artistic flare, being a confident and outgoing young individual she thrives off working in a fast paced environment collaborating with other individuals within a team. She hopes to be a good role model to participants undertaking the NCS program, broadening their horizons helping them become aware of the opportunities that are available for them.

    Carole Foster, NCS Manager said “We are delighted to have Racheal at the trust, the skills and experience she showed during the summer programme as a Team Leader will surely add a different dimension to the fantastic work our staff already deliver. Everyone at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust would like to welcome Racheal to the team”

    If you would like to find out more information about the trust, please contact us on 01709 827767 or email community@rotherhamunited.net.

    Club Website: www.themillers.co.uk
    Trust Website: www.rucst.co.uk
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  24. New Staff | Meet Dan…

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    We are pleased to welcome Dan Horsham to our fantastic team…

    Position at the trust: NCS assistant officer

    After leaving College at 18 Dan went into the world of golf playing for over fifteen years both amateur and professionally. Based out of a local club as assistant professional he spent his time mixed between playing and serving the club running events and coaching. After leaving the Golfing world he went travelling around Europe following his passion playing music and performing. Upon his return he joined the team for the summer NCS programme.

    After years of event planning in both sport and entertainment Dan hopes to bring the skills he has acquired putting them to good use for the Trust, alongside his skills for performing he is well placed to inspire and motivate the Teenagers the NCS Programme works with. Dan will be heading up the social action side for NCS working on various Projects for charities in the local community. He is also an avid Rotherham fan if you see him around the stadium on match days don’t forget to say hi!

    Carole Foster, NCS Manager said “We are delighted to have Dan at the trust, the skills and experience he showed during the summer programme as a Team Leader will surely add a different dimension to the fantastic work our staff already deliver. Everyone at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust would like to welcome Dan to the team”

    If you would like to find out more information about the trust, please contact us on 01709 827767 or email community@rotherhamunited.net.

    Club Website: www.themillers.co.uk
    Trust Website: www.rucst.co.uk
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    Twitter: @RU_CST

  25. NCS summer graduation – “It all starts at YES!”

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    On Tuesday 13th September, Magna played host to the RUCST Summer NCS Graduation ceremony.

    The evenings brought together all three waves of our summer programme totalling 374 to be exact! We were joined by special guests the Deputy Mayor Eve Rose Keenan and her consort Pat, also in attendance was David Mc William , Head of Children’s and Young People’s Services and members of South Yorkshire Police and the Football League Trust.

    Carole Foster, NCS Project Manager, kicked the evening off with a heart-warming speech, acknowledging both the triumphs and the challenges faced on what has been a fantastic summer for RUCST and NCS. The statistics shared on the funds raised throughout the programme were astounding, confirming 19 local charities had been supported and across all over £11,000 had been raised in addition to over £2,500 for safe@ last, which I’m sure you will agree is a massive fate in 6 weeks. Throughout the evening, NCS participants shared their talents, with dance and musical performances all compared by the very charming and talented Danial Sam’s. The highlight of the presentation was a performance from Team “Welly Wangers” who have composed and recorded their own single with the support of The Music Factory and Jaye Mya. The group have also recorded a video to the song with the assistance from the acclaimed production team at Oliver Brian productions.  The song and video will be launched later in the year on ITunes with all proceeds going to safe@last.

    During the ceremony, participants were honoured for their hard work, dedication and overall achievements throughout the course of the programme. NCS participants also received fun and personalised awards, the categories of which were decided for and voted by the young people themselves. These included NCS Clown, NCS helping hand & NCS Outstanding Achiever. The ceremony provided outstanding coverage of the summer programme itself through films and pictures curtesy of Anthony Bayou . Representatives from the organisations/charities that the young people had chosen to support for their Social Action Projects were also in attendance.

    The night also provided participants with information on our graduates programme and the African Social Action project planned for 2018 before the evening unfolded in to a circus of entertainment equipped with fairground attractions such as Helter Skelters and Candy Floss machines and Photo Booths.

    Tony Buck, from Football League Trust acknowledged our hard work and dedication throughout the summer, taking the time to congratulate Rotherham United CST on being the best performing LDP in the Yorkshire and Humberside region with a staggering 111% turn up against sign up rate. We are currently waiting in anticipation to see if this title can be extended to leading LDP in the nation, which would be adouble win as we took the position in 2016!

    With our summer programme wrapped up, we now turn our attention to our upcoming autumn, spring and summer programmes. Dates are yet to be confirmed, however, to express interest or for any queries, please contact Ruth Dobson, NCS Project Officer on 07867 389990 or rdobson@rotherhamunited.net. “NCS…it all starts at YES!”

    Club Website: www.themillers.co.uk
    Trust Website: www.rucst.co.uk
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  26. NCS Summer 2016… An experience to remember!

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    Summer 2016 was the biggest and best yet for Rotherham NCS. Over three hundred young people took part in four fun-packed and fulfilling weeks of activities. They had the chance to enjoy exciting outdoor activities, experience student living at a university, learnt life skills, and delivered a social action project for a charity of their choice. We caught up with a handful of those involved to hear about the highlights so you can read some of their stories.

    Outdoor obstacles

    Week one of NCS and Heather from Rotherham was at the top of a towering cliff in Malham. She felt scared. She stood there for a minute, shaking. Then something amazing happened. “The team came together and said “you can do it…you can do it”, she explained. With new found courage, Heather took a deep breath and abseiled down.

    Meanwhile, in Grinton in the Peak District, Aisha from North Anston, was having a similar experience. Except underground. On entering her very first cave, she felt claustrophobic. Then it happened. Her leg was stuck. Panic. So Aisha’s team rallied around while the instructor gave a push and out she slid, with NCS Team Leader Dan waiting to steady her.

    But with three more caves to explore, lit only by head-torches, could Aisha carry on? “Yeah, I enjoyed it after that”. Even when the instructor left them to it to find a way out of the cave? “It was difficult at first, we were nervous, but we designated a team leader and that gave us someone to listen to and we made it”.

    Many of the NCS participants found the outdoor activities in week one their biggest challenge. However, like Heather and Aisha, they were equal to it. Emily from Catcliffe for example had been scared of heights ever since a bad experience on a fairground ride years earlier. “Climbing at Malham with NCS helped me to conquer my fear”, she said.

    As a prize-winning gymnast, Sam from Doncaster on the other hand was a natural climber, at one point making an impressive mid-air jump of about a meter to then chin-up onto the next ledge. He explained how he helped people who were scared. “‘Cheeky knee’ was my quote of the week. We’d shout it when people couldn’t quite make a foothold, to tell them to use their knee”. Sam even climbed up a waterfall for an extra challenge, finishing covered in water at the top.

    For Ashley from Dinnington “the hardest part is relying on a piece of rope and your team at the bottom”. But he felt it built trust and teamwork and “made us more of a family.” Nadia, also from Dinnington, and Josh from Rotherham echoed the idea that overcoming challenges brought everyone together. They loved the caving and Josh said “we had to be leaders when we were exploring”. Nadia said “we got soaked and it was scary at times but everyone joined in and pulled together”.

    Team work

    Developing team work is key at NCS. Owen from Brampton recalled how on the first of their five days at Malham, his team really struggled with a task to build a rope bridge. “We weren’t allowed to ask the instructor questions, to make us work it out. It took a lot longer than it should have done because everyone was doing their own thing at that point”. What about by the end of week? “Then we did a raft building exercise. We worked much better as a team, and our raft floated while the other team’s sunk”. Then they faced an even bigger test when one of their group twisted an ankle on an adventure walk and had to be carried back on a home-made stretcher. “She was alright. Everyone helped her and she got back before us!”

    Ashley and Sam enjoyed the raft building too, and echoed the team ethic on what marked out the winners and losers in their competition. “Slight differences in the knots. It fell apart and floated upside down. We realised then we needed better team work and communication on our next challenges”.

    Team mates Chloe and Chloe, both from Rotherham, even dubbed their group ‘Team Reunite’ when they were in Malham because “we got split up then came back together… we all respect each other, we’re all different but we all get on really well”. Initially drawn from three very different social groups, now they’re all friends, a process made easier by the NCS keep warm sessions where everyone meets each other in the weeks and months leading up to the program itself.

    ‘Team Reunite’s’ together spirit paid off in spades in the den building competition. They even had cushions and a ‘home sweet home’ sign. The big test came when NCS Coordinator Ruth arrived with a full bucket to test the water proofing. It stood up to the deluge and victory was theirs. Although Georgia from Worksop and Joey from Doncaster, showing a healthy sense of competition, reckon their den could give anyone’s a run for it’s money arguing “ours had a table and a birdfeeder, what more could you want?”

    A learning curve

    Many of the NCS participants agreed that the biggest learning curve took place on week two of the program, where the teams were sent to live like students for a week at Sheffield University. How would they fare, learning first aid and handling things like a group shopping budget for the first time?

    First aid was great. Joey said it “covered a lot of ground even went into biology about the different organs to give everything more of a context”. While his team mate Georgia said it “gave us life skills that set us apart from other people in the future for when we’re talking to future employers as only 8% of people in the country have first aid’.

    Heather and Owen admitted that their team bought way, way too much food for the week. Five trolleys, in fact. Luckily all leftovers went to a homeless shelter though, so it ended well and their three course meal was enough to win them the Master Chef competition. Prize? One-hundred NCS pounds.  Although they found the time limit a challenge, and there was some running with chocolate brownies in hand to get them out on time. The other winners even incorporated singing into their Master Chef challenge. Hosaam told us how his team served samosas, bhajis, a curry, and two puddings with an extra helping of music to help win their round. Although they hid from the judges how their preparation involved trying to cut an onion with a plastic spoon because nobody had remembered a knife.

    Not all went to plan though. Ashley and Sam learned a valuable lesson about buying milk. “We bought one bottle between nine people for the week”. How did that go? “It wasn’t enough, obviously”. That said, they still managed to come third in their Master Chef challenge, despite a hastily improvised recipe when they realised their spaghetti bolognese was lacking in the bolognese department. But most importantly, they learnt from the experience. Ashley said it “gave us a small experience of university life. We had to wake ourselves up and get to the kitchen for 8am for breakfast together, then be in the meeting area for 9. There were no adults to tell us all the time, we had to organise ourselves”.

    Chloe and Chloe’s team fared better with the food buying, coming in under budget whilst managing not to run out of anything. Their Master Chef meal was an ambitious starter of stuffed pepper with chicken, chorizo and rice followed by a home-made pizza (moon shaped after their team logo, of course) rounded off by Profiteroles. “It was perfect…apart from the desert came out raw and didn’t rise” they laughed.

    A taste for university life

    What really grew was the desire of many NCS participants to go to university after their experience, having been uncertain before their week in Sheffield halls ‘The Edge’. Chloe and Chloe told us “it changed my mind about university because of the social aspects…meeting new people, living with friends”. And “I wasn’t sure…but I’m now definite about it”. Just leaving their new university life for one night to go to year 11 prom – usually an event not to be missed – proved heart-breaking, they were enjoying it so much

    Even NCS participants like Heather, who was already set on higher education, found the experience useful. She said “I liked being independent”. While Owen said “it confirmed for me I wanted to go”.  This was echoed by Joey who talked about the “impressive statistics” provided by the universities about their graduate destinations. Georgia agreed it “made people consider it who hadn’t before as you never get to see inside a university normally until it’s time to go”. Few NCS participants had been aware the range of courses and universities available to them. “I thought they were all city based, I didn’t realise there are campus universities, country universities, coastal ones”, said Heather.

    Owen felt that the experience of living in halls “helps you to come out of your shell” and “really helped me to be myself”. Especially the karaoke to Ed Sheeren and Avenged Sevenfold, and a talent show provided further opportunities for people to show off their skills. Sam did some gymnastics, there was more singing, and quite a few impressions. All performed in front of 120 people, which must take some doing, however talented you are. Of course, not everyone performed, just those who wanted to. Sam said “it was scarier than the national gymnastics finals but it felt pretty good when I finished, everyone clapped”. Team mate Ashley was host for the evening and found himself having to ad lib with a few jokes to cover for some technical difficulties. It was “nerve-wracking” but he too “felt pretty chuffed” at the end. Maybe a star in the making? And everyone had the chance to round off the week at the Neon Party, dressed head to toe in their brightest outfits, and strutting their stuff on the dance floor in a fitting end to the week.

    Skills for life

    Week three of the NCS programme was spent at Rotherham College of Art and Technology where participants were put through a course of life skills covering letter and CV writing, interview techniques and advice about finances and debt management. All vital skills which many will not have had the chance to think about before. A highlight for many on NCS was ‘Rotheropoly’ – a game based on Monopoly, but played in real life Rotherham. A ‘community chest’ task found Heather and Owen busking ‘Grenade’ by Bruno Mars and, despite forgetting half the words, they succeeded in getting fifty pence from a passer-by. Taking place over a full day, Rotheropoly was good according to Joey because he “learnt more about the town going into places you wouldn’t normally.” Safe places of course, we’re keen to add. Georgia said her competitive side came out and that collecting places made it exciting. Similarly a ‘whodunnit?’ game was also played in Sheffield, with clues given in return for performing tricky tasks like fitting up to nine people into a phone booth. The trick, apparently, was to go biggest to smallest, if you ever fancy giving it a go.

    The competitive edge to NCS was something that really stuck with Aisha and Hosaam too, who measured the growth of their team by their transformation into serial winners by the end. Hosaam said “at the start we were strangers, didn’t work as a team and couldn’t win anything but we’ve grown together like a family and then we won everything!” Hosaam charts his team’s success back to a ‘human knot’ bonding exercise where everyone stands in a circle and crosses hands until all are tangled up. Then, without letting go of each other’s hands, you have to untangle and make a circle.  ‘I was stuck in the middle of it’, said Aisha.  Everyone shouted ideas out to each other and improvised their way out. So by the time the ‘whodunnit?’ game came around, they were on top form. Members of the public were no doubt stunned as they re-enacted  the famous Oliver Twist ‘please-sir-can-I-have-some-more’ scene in front of the Lyceum Theatre. Then even more so by their flash-mob performance of the hokey-cokey (yes, the entire song) in Sheffield Train station. Then they had to find a street named after a team member. So George street it was, tracking it down eventually to win the game. Meanwhile other groups arrived to confuse and delight passers by even more with random breakouts into scenes from Titanic and dancing to YMCA.

    Something Hosaam and Aisha’s team also really appreciated was the reflection time they had every single night. Everyone has to think of something they enjoyed, something they are proud of themselves for and someone else in the group they are proud of. Hosaam said “it built appreciation of each other.  Like one of our team got us lost but took responsibility and found the way back, so everyone was proud of him”.

    Social Action Projects

    All of the young people involved in NCS should feel extra proud of their brilliant work on the social action projects in week four. The teams we spoke to worked on projects for a variety of charities and community initiatives. All were designed to have real impact, and were often chosen for very personal reasons.

    For example, a team mate of Aisha and Hosaam has a younger brother who is suffering from leukemia so the team chose to work on behalf of PACT, a charity for children with the illness, raising money to improve facilities at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. In addition to paying a visit to the oncology and haemotology unit to see the work they do for themselves, They organised a collection in a supermarket plus a family fun day at Rotherham Rugby Club featuring a cake sale, games and raffle. The team even had to pitch their ideas ‘Dragons Den’ style to representatives from Rotherham United to prove they were good enough to get prizes donated for the raffle. Of course, they did superbly and came away with the things they needed.

    Sam and Ashley’s group chose gay rights charity Stonewall. They organised a fund raising day to take place at Herringthorpe playing fields including a barbecue and bouncy castle. They explained “We picked Stonewall because a few of our team are members of the LGBT community, and they are very passionate about the charity”. One of the toughest jobs was doing a risk assessment which involved thinking about everything from public safety, potential hazards like animals, food hygiene, and allergies, to the weather. “We’d never done a risk assessment before, and it’s a good skill to have for employment in the future”,  One difficulty was getting donations from businesses who were not aware of Stonewall.  However, they persevered and local branches of Boots, Tesco and Game all generously gave prizes to be raffled that would appeal to a wide range of audiences.

    Heather and Owen’s team meanwhile devoted their efforts to the Thornbury Animal Sanctuary. Heather explained: “We all feel really passionate about the animals. A couple of our team already volunteer there so they know they need the money for vets bills and food. They take any animals that have no home from horses to ferrets’. They raised funds through a carnival at Rotherham Rugby Club. The biggest problem they faced was getting shops to donate, as it meant tracking down the person in charge which wasn’t always easy, but they too showed great resilience and felt this was a really useful skill to have learned.

    A totally different approach to the social action project was taken by Chloe and Chloe’s group. They got involved in a really hands-on way with Social Eyes, a breakfast club for people with autism and moderate learning difficulties. The team rolled their sleeves up to give the main room a whole new look. Ringing around local companies for paints and tools, they did most of the work themselves then brought in an expert for the masterpiece: a spray paint artist from Sheffield came down specially to paint a fantastic mural. The team got really confident at calling local businesses and communicating in a professional way. What’s more, they even persuaded local newspaper The Rotherham Advertiser to come down and do an article to raise awareness, arranged a raffle and a three-legged race. In fact, they are so involved now that the team are also scheduled to come back in August to raise more funds, long after there time at NCS is over.

    Meanwhile, Toby from Treeton and Emily from Catcliffe were part of another group also raising funds for Social Eyes to buy new tools and garden furniture with. They set up a penalty-shootout in Rotherham Town Centre, charging one pound for five shots at goal and a photograph with Rotherham United mascot Miller Bear. To do all this, they had to negotiate all of the necessary paperwork required to get permission from the local council, and had to adhere to strict rules. Did you know that nobody can collect money on the street in a bucket without a lid? Being able to plan and execute an effective fundraising strategy is no easy task, and a brilliant skill to learn.

    Josh and Nadia were part of a group who were working on a massive art project for their chosen charity ‘Love is Louder’, an anti-discrimination campaign. Josh explained they simply “thought it was a good cause” so they decided to create a float for the annual Rotherham festival taking place later in the year. Team leaders and assistants helped out by giving everyone choices of things to do, then letting them get on with it. Some of the artwork on display, even when still in development, was clearly brilliant and will no doubt be absolutely awe-inspiring when put on the float.

    Just as important as the impact for the charities themselves is the effect that working together for them has had on team members. Josh in particular was keen to tell us just how much his four weeks has built his confidence, which he felt he lacked before he started. Through working on projects like the Love is Louder art-work, he has been on a “personal journey, learned to trust people more and made new friends I know I will keep in touch with”. Which is pretty much what NCS is all about.

     Quotes from our NCS participants…

    “I like how the team leader and a team assistant get involved. They’re not bossy, they’re part of the team” Chloe from Rotherham.

    ‘I feel I’ve grown as a person.” Georgia from Worksop.

    “It has improved my sociable side.” Joey from Doncaster.

    “NCS brings together people from different incomes, different races, different religions. I’ve met people I wouldn’t have if I had stayed at home over the summer”. Owen from Brampton

    “I’ve grown in confidence” Josh from Rotherham.

    ‘We just all clicked’. Aisha from North Anston

    Ashley from Dinnington “We’re all one big happy family!’.

    “I met an old friend through NCS – we’ve been reunited!” Nadia from Dinnington

    “I overcame my fear of heights” Emily, from Catcliffe.

    “I’ve learnt about tolerance and mixing with different people”. Toby from Treeton.

    “Everyone is so supportive” Heather from Rotherham.

    “We’ve learnt lots of skills” Chloe from Rotherham.

    “At the start we were strangers but we’ve grown together.” Hosaam from Sheffield.

    “Everyone just gets stuck in”. Sam from Doncaster.

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