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Crawley Town and NCS this summer

We know that this will be very disappointing to you all but given the uncertainty of this time, and the importance of social distancing, the NCS programme - in its traditional format - is not possible.

We must instead focus on helping the containment of coronavirus and safeguarding the health of everyone.

Our NCS team however are working with the DCMS and NCS partners to create an alternate free NCS Summer 2020 experience including:

STAYING CONNECTED: Launching soon across all NCS channels, our digital hub focussing on skills and life lessons not learnt in the classroom, based on elements of our traditional programme; Be Epic, Live Life, Do Good and Go Party.

KEEP DOING GOOD: Creating a motivated and inspired group of those signed up for Summer 2020, NCS grads and alumni, who are ready to volunteer and help the country get back on its feet once lockdown has been lifted, and we are in a safe position to restore and reconstruct our society and begin adapting to a new normal.

Now, more than ever, it is imperative for us to adopt our No We Can attitude and make this summer one to remember. It may be in a different way than anticipated, but we are committed to our vision of bringing young people together as connected, confident, and caring citizens.

MOVING FORWARDS: If you were expecting to take part this summer, you will have the option to either:

  1. Receive a full refund

  2. Donate your fee to The Mix the UK’s leading support service for young people.

  3. Attend Autumn Programme 2020

  4. Attend Summer Programme 2021

Since the beginning of COVID-19, our NCS Local Youth Board have been discussing how we could positively impact the community at this time.

The Youth Board decided to create an Instagram page, @SocialAction completely catered towards social action during the COVID-19 pandemic period.

They have been posting 6 days a week, creating content specifically around mental health and wellbeing, as well as creating fun challenges for the community to take part in.

The Local Youth Board have been shown how to develop leadership skills and have learned how to work collaboratively to positively impact their local communities. One running theme on their page that has been particularly effective has been their ‘daily takeovers’, where each day, a member of the Youth Board has captured content of their day, from doing coursework, to creating beautiful art pieces to unwind.

This has encouraged positivity amongst young people, and we have had graduates from our previous NCS programmes return to take part and promote the work they are doing.

Henry Weller, Local Youth Board Alumni said this, “Within our social media page, we have multiple people who have different strengths, and we use those to bring the best content to our platform. We have sporty people, arty people and confident public speakers which really helps us spread positivity at this time.”

In addition to this, we also celebrated NCS Day of Action on the 4th April.

Our Local Youth board got together to create a video to support and raise awareness for the LGBTQ+ community. They created a positive video, depicting what LGBTQ+ means to them personally.

Local Youth Board Member and video editor Ashleigh Ann French explained, “We all decided to create the LGBTQ+ video to show NCS’s support for the LGBTQ+ community as well as to celebrate the incredible diversity and inclusivity we have in Crawley.”

If you would like to see the video, head over to @CrawleyYP and click on our most recent post.

The NCS Youth Board have grown into incredible role models, throughout this period. showing us all exactly how we can ‘Do Good’ even from the comfort of our own homes.

Stay up to date on our Covid-19 messages online through our social media channels:

Facebook: Crawley Town Community Foundation

Facebook: Crawley Town Extra Time Hubs

Twitter: @CrawleyTownCF

Instagram: @CrawleyTownCF

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