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Southampton's inspiring youngsters' community celebration
2:10pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
CELEBRATION of achievement was the order of the evening at St Mary’s Stadium as 90 young people stepped up to receive their graduation certificates for completing the National Citizenship Service.
The NCS, a Government initiative, is designed to build communities of young people who then serve their communities with an act of service.
The scheme is delivered by Youth Options, one of Hampshire’s leading young people’s charities, in partnership with the Saints Community Foundation.
The students attended St Mary’s where Caroline Nokes MP presented the awards.
Young people planned a variety of events including a homeless persons freshen up in Hoglands Park, assisting Southampton City Council to clean up some of the city’s play areas, and a music and dance evening for young people at Joiners.
There was also a visit to a residential care home where the young people took part in a games exchange with residents.
Firstly they taught the residents about the joys of Xbox and Playstation, then they were taught the joys of games such as dominoes.
Youth Options’ Linzi Patterson, who heads up the NCS operations, said: “These young people are truly inspirational. The way they have blended as teams, supported each other and worked hard, yet still had fun is a joy to have been part of.
“Our hope is that these guys will now go on to do some volunteering, either with us or elsewhere, and really become active in their communities, as well as keeping in touch with each other of course.”
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