As a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, NCS took on a very different shape this summer. What would have usually been a three-four week programme involving a residential with outdoor activities and challenges took the form of a ‘Keep Doing Good’ campaign – an opportunity to help the country get back onto its feet through volunteering and social action projects.
Youth Fed delivered this revised programme to 304 young people across the North West, who transformed the community by volunteering for local charities, including Chester Zoo, local food banks and domestic violence units.
The action the young people took part in was a vital part of helping to rebuild local communities, but also gave the young people new skills and helped to create a sense of positive change for the future the other side of lockdown. It also enabled the young people to meet new people and make new friends after a long period of lockdown, which has been quite isolating for people of all ages across the country.
In order to conform to government guidelines and keep all the volunteers and staff safe on this year’s programme, Youth Fed operated the delivery in bubbles of just five people. All the necessary social distancing and sanitising measures were taken, as well as implementing a track-and-trace system to ensure the safety of all who participated.
If you’re interested in taking part in NCS this Autumn, you can find out more about what’s in store, and sign up, here. If you have any questions or would like to speak to Youth Fed directly about how you can get involved, email email@example.com.