Young people from Epping and Harlow demonstrate their community spirit during their summer holidays with Hertfordshire County Council’s youth service, YC Hertfordshire

04 September 2018

Young people from Epping and Harlow were praised for their community spirit when they were visited by a local MP during this summer’s National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.

56 young people from the area completed the summer programme with YC Hertfordshire. Each young person completed a social action project, with one group teaming up with Loughton Hall residential home for their social action project, leading a range of fun activity sessions, including supporting residents with decorating cakes, singing for the residents and also leading sing-a-long of residents’ favourite songs.

The MP for Epping Forest, Dame Eleanor Laing – who visited the group said: "I am very impressed by the work of the National Citizen Service. The young people I met at Loughton Hall Care Home are doing a really worthwhile project. The residents were clearly enjoying meeting them and there was genuine enthusiasm for what they are doing. I would like to thank everybody involved for all their efforts and congratulate them on their great achievements."

Anastacia Abdel-Malek, Care Home Manager at Loughton Hall, also commented on the impact of the young people’s work: “Thank you for letting us be part of this, the residents really enjoyed it.”

The programme is designed to equip young people with the vital skills and confidence needed as they approach adulthood.

The 16- and 17-year-olds completed a week at Pikes Pool outdoor activity centre, followed by a further week’s residential stay.

During these two weeks, the young people learnt key skills including communication and listening skills, leadership, negotiation, and decision-making.

The young people took part in discussions on a range of subjects including mental health, careers, living independently and homelessness.

They also completed First Aid training and a Deaf Awareness course which taught them basic sign language.

The young people who completed NCS said:

Taran (16): “NCS has been great – a once in a lifetime opportunity! By completing our social action project I have become more confident and caring.”

Hilary (16): “Knowing that I have had an impact on the residents at Loughton Hall has boosted my self-esteem.”


Alice (16): “I have learnt a lot about dementia and how it can impact your life. I’ve also learnt about the ways you can connect with others through activities.”


Charis (16): “NCS has been fun because I have met a whole range of different people who have taught me different things.”

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