It All Starts At Yes!
At Software Europe we love getting involved with our local communities and once again this year we supported the National Citizen Service (NCS).
Open to all 15-17 year-olds in England and Northern Ireland, NCS helps to build skills for work and life, whilst they take on new challenges and meet new friends. Run during the spring, summer and autumn, the participants have a short time away from home and then take part in a team project that helps their local community.
We visited two projects in our locality, one group who were improving the appearance of a local park and bowls club and the second were improving the grounds of a local Church and the footpaths that run through it.
One of the participants commented, “When we were cleaning part of the park out near the war memorial, we found a path that no one knew was there. People commented on this and have noticed that it is changing. I think it’s helping to change the stereotype of teenagers as they see us making a difference.”
Summing up her experience, another participant commented, “NCS exceeded my expectations. One highlight was a lady stopping to tell us that she thought it was great seeing all of us young people give back to our community.”
Check out some more pictures of their great work at our Facebook page.