NCS and Lions Join Forces in Crawley Posted 19th May 2017

The Crawley NCS Team were thrilled to invite members of the local Lions and Leos clubs to join in with a Graduate Meet-Up at the Stadium, on Monday 15th May. The meeting marked the start of a partnership between Crawley Lions and NCS Crawley Town, aiming to help mobilise more young people in the local community to get involved in volunteering opportunities.

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Crawley’s NCS Grad Scheme offers NCS participants an opportunity to continue their involvement with NCS after the Summer programme ends, through a monthly youth club, social action and volunteering opportunities. Most recently, this included painting tyres for ‘The Springboard Project’ as part of the National NCS Action Day in February, and holding a charity fundraiser as part of the National NCS Match Day events at the Stadium in March. In Crawley, the NCS programme is delivered by Crawley Town Community Foundation, with the support of graduates from the programme. Participants enjoy a number of fun-filled team activities while away on two residential retreats, before returning to Crawley to help local charities raise money through various different community-based events.

In the last year alone, NCS has made a huge mark on people’s lives in the local community, with projects raising over £7,500 for charities including YMCA Downslink Group, Springboard Project, Crawley Open House and Olive Tree Cancer Support. NCS Coordinator Elinor Adie hopes that working with the Leos will help to open up more volunteering opportunities for young people in Crawley: “We’re really proud of our Grad Scheme in Crawley, boasting the highest graduate engagement in the South-East! We’re really looking forward to working with the Leos and the Lions in the coming year, working together on social action projects and creating more volunteering opportunities!” 

As well as collaborating on the Grad Scheme, the Lions Club are also supporting this Summer’s NCS programme. Members of the Lions Club will sit on a Dragons’ Den Panel, and will hear teams social action project ideas, before receiving feedback. The Lions will be bringing their chequebooks, so that NCS teams can pitch for funding, with up to £1500 up for grabs!

Andre Benham, NCS Manager at Crawley Town Community Foundation believes that more young people in Crawley can benefit from NCS: “It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where young people get to make a difference. It’s an invitation for young people to find out about the local community and develop their skills – a chance to change their lives and meet new people. Throughout the programme participants get the opportunity to meet people from all backgrounds and tackle outdoor challenges as a group.”