Oliver first heard about the National Citizen Service through a TV advertisement and decided to join the programme because it seemed like a fun way to improve his CV. The PGL residential activities proved to be the most popular part of the programme for Oliver, finding that climbing the incredibly high ladder one of the biggest challenges he faced.
The social action project Oliver’s team decided to work on was focused around raising the money needed to buy food and clothing for homeless people, as well as volunteering their time in a care home for the elderly. Having noticed that there were a lot of homeless people in Oliver’s hometown he felt the desire to replace the clothing they currently had as it was not warm enough to get through the winter.
The effect of this project on the community made a real impact on Oliver as he noticed an improvement in the moods of the care home residents he visited, as well as the knowledge that homeless people could have a warmer and safer winter.
Although now Oliver is not quite as involved in the local community as he once was, he is still very much interested in keeping up to date with any changes in the future as he is now looking to start a job.
When asked what advice he would give to someone considering the programme he said “Do it, even if it is not your thing, don’t just try to stick with people you know”.