NCS Week 2: University Experience!

I have just come to the end of another busy and fun week at NCS! This week was our last IMG-20150730-WA0017residential week of the NCS programme and involved staying in the DeMonfort University Halls in order to give us a university style experience! The week involved lots of workshops, masterclasses and planning for our social action project for the next two weeks (where we’ll be based at home rather than as a residential) which will truly demonstrate all of the skills we’ve been working on for the past fortnight and allow us to make a positive difference to the diverse community we live in!

This week was a lot more chilled out than the last week where we were doing crazy but amazing activities such as high ropes and raft building! We focused more on self improvement skills and qualities valued in not only the competIMG-20150731-WA0019itive work field, but vital if we want to be successful in the next two weeks with our social action project! We looked at what makes us a good citizen, debates on important issues in our community, as well as a treasure hunt style activity where we got out into Leicester’s community and town centre to complete challenges such as finding shops that back charities and interviewing the public. There was also a day hosted by PepsiCo where different groups were set different challenges (ours was to think of a packaging design which could combat the disposal problem crisp packets cause) and presented them back to the PepsiCo representatives in a Dragons’ Den style mode; the winning team were given a huge hamper of PepsiCo products like Walkers crisps, porridge oats and drinks (unfortunately it wasn’t us!) The various activities and presentations from businesses across Leicester were a real eye opener to the various opportunities that lie beneath our feet! This was followed up by a careers fair on the morning of the last day, where representatives of Leicester universities/colleges, youth organizations and even the army came in to allow us to speak to them and ask questions about all of these opportunities and potential careers in the near future!

This week also focused on choosing our social action project for the next two weeks, where we are able to apply all the skills such as leadership and working in a group to practice and make our mark as that is what NCS is all about! We were able to have a 15 minute session with various charities which all want an NCS team to help them fundraise. They were all amazing, with national charities such as the Red Cross and Rainbows as well as local charities such as the Air Ambulance, LOROS, and Leicester Hospitals Trust to choose from We then had to bid for our preferred one, and we ended up with the LOROS Hospice, which provides comfort for the terminally ill. There were also masterclasses and workshops throughout the week intended to improve our skills required for the upcoming weeks such as fundraising rules, usage of social media as well as Fi20150727_180457rst Aid demonstrations from the army.

It was overall a great week with exciting events such as the Come Dine With Me style night where our flats had to cook for our team leaders to judge, as well as an end of university party at the student union! We learnt lots of skills and are ready to progress to our social action project in order to genuinely make a difference and live up to the true NCS spirit!

Look out for news on this blog of our social action project where we will fund raise for LOROS – you can make a difference too! Stay updated and don’t forget to subscribe 🙂

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