Local NCS graduates host sleep out at Burnham Football Club
On 5 March 2016, 39 local graduates from the National Citizen Service (NCS) joined forces with local homeless charities to raise awareness of homelessness in the area.
The NCS Big Sleep Out took place as part of a national action day where NCS graduates from across the country take part in social action projects that benefit the community. Local graduates slept out overnight at Burnham Football Club to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness.
The evening was designed and organised by the young people themselves and featured ‘realisation stations’ that allowed the graduates to interact with local homeless charities like Slough Homeless Our Concern (SHOC), and learn about what it is like to be homeless and the challenges that come along with this.
The event stems from the wider NCS programme which runs over the summer. NCS is the UK’s flagship youth programme for 16 to 17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland. The four week part-residential programme aims to help young people take the next step in their lives with confidence by mixing with other young people, learning practical skills that prepare them for life after school and home and taking on exciting challenges. More than 200,000 young people have taken part in the programme since it started in 2011.
Qamar Ayoubi, NCS graduate says “Homelessness means a lot to me because it’s a big problem where I grew up and I wanted to show that our generation wanted to do something about it. NCS helped me to do that”
Vicky Cheeseman, SHOC says “It’s brave that these young people are choosing to do this for people more in need than they are”.
Throughout the evening, NCS graduates raised over £400 for chosen charities Launchpad, Reading and Slough Homeless Our Concern.
If you’re a young person looking to sign up to the 2016 NCS programme, visit www.ncsyes.co.uk