Huw Merriman MP Visits the NCS Programme in Bexhill Posted 14th August 2017

On Friday 11th August 2017, 60 Hastings teens taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) youth empowerment programme were visited by Huw Merriman; MP for Bexhill and Battle.

Visiting the teams’ base at Bexhill Hive; Mr Merriman was greeted by the teams of participating young people and their team leaders, who presented to Mr Merriman the details of the social action projects they had designed, developed and were in the process of delivering within the Hastings and Bexhill community as part of the NCS programme. 

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One team of young people discussed their activity in support of The Conquest Hospital. The teens had dedicated 30 hours each to fundraising for the hospital’s Scanner Appeal, with donations to be used to contribute towards the purchase of a new MRI Scanner. Fundraising activities had included bag-packing at a local supermarket, busking, and a sponsored walk from Bexhill to Hastings, with the team raising £1,400 in total.

A second team discussed their development of ‘The Torfield Awareness Project’, which aims to raise awareness about the commonality of disability whilst raising money for Torfield School.  The team plan to raise donations and awareness through a variety of initiatives including a quiz night, raffle and bake sale; and have organised a ‘sensory box’ activity in Alexandra Park, designed to promote awareness to the general public about how it feels to live with a disability such as blindness.

Huw Merriman commented: “To meet so many young people coming together for the benefit of themselves and their community was a huge pleasure. As this group demonstrated, young people have so much to offer when they are given the opportunity to come up with their own ideas and put them in to action. It was great to join the teams and listen to their experience. I look forward to watching out for their future endeavours”