Uckfield Community Technology College students who took part in National Citizen Service with others from across Wealden during the summer helped raise £3,000 for charity.
Charlotte Davis, from UCTC Year 12, writes about the experience here:
NCS is a developmental program for 16-18 year olds which is completed over four weeks of the summer. It aims to provide us with many skills such as teamwork, independence and challenging ourselves, as well as providing us with an award which looks great on a UCAS reference.
On the first week we went down to Dorset. We stayed at a PGL site called Osmington Bay. Over this week we got to know the people in our team and our leaders. We also took part in many outdoor activities such as: abseiling, zip wiring and archery. This week was incredibly fun and it was nice seeing other people in your team face their fears.
The second week we stayed at Sussex University. Here we were given a £60 budget to spend on food throughout the week. We also took part in activities such as a scavenger hunt around Brighton, a bake off and a talent competition.
Living in the student dorms and on campus was an amazing experience as a majority of us are hoping to go to university. It gave us a taste of what it was like to live at university and what it was like to live independently.
The last two weeks made up our Social Action. This consists of two weeks giving back to the community. All of our groups chose a charity and fundraised for them. The charities that we picked included: CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), East Sussex Young Carers and Taylor Made Dreams.
The different groups raised money by setting up stalls at a local fete, did a 17 km walk and cycle, did a 13km hike, made promotional videos, bag packing and set up just giving pages.
Charlotte says “Overall, the experience was an unforgettable one and we will take away amazing memories, new friends and valuable skills.”
Uckfield students who took part included: Charlotte Davis, Alicia Shelford, Aoife McAteer, Seb White, Lorea Bolumburu, Megan Miles, Megan Roser, Megan Deeprose-Hammond, Ben Hooker and Hayleigh Dowling.
Read more about National Citizen Service, and see more pictures, in another Uckfield News story, which focussed on the work of one of the groups this summer: Young people raise funds for young carers.
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