NCS help out

A group of youngsters have got helping people in need down to a T.

The 14-strong team spent four weeks on a National Citizen Service programme, which aims to help teenagers to be adventurous, practice skills and hobbies, and support causes in their community.

The group of youngsters, calling themselves Team Pablo, decided to support The Welcome Centre which runs a food bank from Lord Street in Huddersfield.

They raised £600 to fund T-shirts, which will be worn by Welcome Centre volunteers at their fundraising and food collection events.

They collected the cash by hosting a bake sale at Holmfirth High School, running stalls in Victoria Park, Holmfirth, and going on a nine-mile pyjama walk.

During the park event, local children drew pictures on templates which Team Pablo incorporated into one final design for the T-shirts.

Natasha Russell, volunteer for the National Citizen Service (NCS), said: “The Welcome Centre is important because it helps people who are in real crisis. If The Welcome Centre wasn’t there, these clients would have to go without food, even just the simple things like bread and milk.”

NCS offers opportunities for young people aged between 16 and 17 to build skills for future work and life. Each individual is part of a collective 80,000 teenagers across the country who are involved in the NCS programme.


T-shirt for Welcome Centre food bank volunteers designed by National Citizens Service volunteers

The scheme aims to bring young people from different backgrounds together to develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication