On Thursday 5th September, Southend United Community & Educational Trust (CET) held its biggest NCS Summer Graduation to date, with 482 people attending at Cliffs Pavilion.
Taking place annually since 2013, the Graduation ceremony celebrates the achievements and hard work of Southend United CET’s NCS participants.
A total of 22 teams split into four waves were welcomed on stage, with each team leader reflecting back on the summer as a whole.
A video was shown on the big screen highlighting the team’s achievements and showcasing their Social Action project.
This year 287 young people graduated from the NCS programme with £6,000.00 raised for 16 charities who were involved within the Social Action project. A total of 16 external staff members were hired, including four returning members from last year.
NCS consists of a three to four-week programme, in which young people spend a week at Kingswood Activity Centre then a week at Canterbury University gaining independence skills, finishing with a week, or two, at Roots Hall working on their Social Action project and helping the community.
Southend United CET’s NCS Programme Coordinator, Hayley Wren, commented:
“NCS Summer 2019 proved to be a big success, culminating in the biggest NCS Summer Graduation that Southend United CET has run to date, which is amazing and demonstrates the progress that’s been made.
“We had some great Social Action projects taking place, with Wave 2 Team 4’s Southend Mind project even catching the eye of BBC Look East.
“The Graduation ceremony itself was a great success with many new NCS graduates taking the opportunity to be a part of the Local Youth Board.
“I’m really exited to see what’s in store for Summer 2020.”
To access our photo gallery from the evening, please head to our Facebook page.
For more information about Southend United CET’s NCS programme, please contact Hayley Wren on 01702 341351 or [email protected].