NCS Action Day in Leicester!

20160305_130956So today was an exciting day where NCS (National Citizen Service) graduates across the whole of England reunited in their individual cities to continue our journey of social action, and contributing to our community as young people through charity work projects. Leicestershire, with around 45 young people who volunteered, chose to work with Action Homeless, a charity that supports the homeless and vulnerably housed people across the city and county. We took part in the Rucksack challenge where we filled rucksacks with essentials such as warm clothing items, non perishable foods like tins and biscuits, and lots of toiletries. We begun our appeal to the Leicester public since our last youth board meeting through social media, posters in schools and colleges, and word of mouth through family and friends, and a radio appeal this morning. (You can still drop off donations at 30 Frog Island or call 0116 240 7000). Though the donations we received merely amongst ourselves was AMAZING with the potential of hundreds of bags/rucksacks to be filled. We filled around 50 yet ran out of bags but still had loads left over to donate! It was a day well spent and really showed our potential as young people to continue aiding and volunteering to help the community. You can take part in NCS and be open to amazing things like this – check out if you’re from Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland, and for the rest of the country 😀

Check out our local news article on it:

Bushra x

Check out more of what we did on Twitter @BushraSpeaks 🙂 Let me know what you got up to if you took part in your city x



LOROS Charity Events for Leicester this week | NCS

This week, as part of NCS, our team, after a long week of planning, have started on leaving our mark and making a difference by fundraising for the LOROS Hospice, a local Leicestershire based charity. We are almost halfway through the IMG-20150810-WA0007week, and so far things are going well! I would really appreciate, on behalf of my team, if you would continue to support us through social media, and also by coming to our events!

On Monday, we did bag packing at a Tesco in Leicester, something I’d never done before! YouIMG-20150810-WA0010 (1) get the kind, the rude and the generous customers! It was very successful and we raised well over £200! Today (Tuesday), we ran a bake sale in Santander bank opposite the clock tower which was also successful! We met loads of interesting people! 😀

We would really appreciate if you did anything from sharing us and LOROS on social media, coming to one of our events or donating to our JustGiving page to help us to help the terminally ill at LOROS, a worthy cause. Find out more about what LOROS do here if you are not sure:

These are the events for the upcoming week:

Wednesday 12th August: Donation for cakes, biscuits, crisps, somosas & more! 

Leicester Market and Leicester Railway Station, from 8am – 5pm

Thursday 13th August: Bake SaleIMG-20150811-WA0021

Barclays Bank, Gallowtree Gate, Leicester, from 10am – 4pm

Saturday 15th August: Summer Fete – includes bouncy castle, henna, food, music, penalty shootout, challenges, tombola with AMAZING prizes to be won, raffle and MUCH, MUCH MORE!!

Judgemeadow Community College, Marydene Dr, Leicester LE5 6HP – from 12 noon to 4pm

Donate to our JustGiving page online, don’t forget to GiftAid it! –

Follow our team’s instagram page on: @ALPHA_FINO_WAVE3

Use our hashtag #LorosForComfort to show support!

Thanks for reading, hope to see you at our events!

Bushra 😀

National Citizen Service Appeal: DONATE TO LOROS!!

As part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) in the UK, a four week intense programme for 15-17 year olds which aims to build skills for life in participants as we take part in a two week residential, work in groups – with people from all walks of life and basically build skills for life! My most recent blog posts talk about both weeks of the downloadresidentials’ in depth to demonstrate the skills we have learnt!

We have gotten to the stage where we are taking part in our social action project, in order to portray our skills and truly make a difference to the community we live in. We have chosen LOROS, a local hospice providing for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, caring for and delivering excellent, compassionate, top quality and free of charge care for terminally ill patients, their family and carers in order to relieve the stress they may feel at this overwhelming, and often difficult stage. They care for over 2500 people annually, and are only given a limited fund each year, yet it costs millions per year to run  – the rest is only possible through kind and thoughtful donations which genuinely have an impact in delivering this care.

Our group –  team 12, on wave three of NCS this year are passionate about this charity, and after a visit to the hospice, have seen upfront just how hard the team and volunteers work to provide such a high level of service and ultimate comfort to the patients, at no cost. We hope that not only the rest of our city can see this unbelievably invaluable service at their feet when they need it, but also the rest of the UK, and even global hearts who can truly help us to leave our mark and make a difference to our community!

We will be doing various fundraising events across the next two weeks such as a summer fete, donation stations and raising awareness for this great cause, so stay updated as we post my teams events for the upcoming weeks. Please help support us in this charity in any way possible – you never know when you may need such a precious service.

Also, if you are a twitter or instagram please share our campaign using the hashtag #LorosForComfort. Post an image of something you can’t live without, share our links – MAKE A DIFFERENCE! 😀



UPDATES ON MY TWITTER (and of course, the JustGiving page):

90p of every £1 goes directly to patient care.

full_width_image-1392114250.98.jpg.800x0_q85_upscale£5 could pay for a patients meals for a day.

£10 could pay for the collection of a patient from home for day therapy, which eases their pain at this difficult time.

£25 could pay for an hour of care for an inpatient.

£50 could pay for two aromatherapy, reflexology or massage sessions, helping to relieve a patients pain and sickness, or reduce anxiety and stress in a patient or their families/carers.

£100 could pay for one of the community nurse specialists to visit a patient in their own home, providing free care and support to patients and their loved ones.

Don’t forget to GiftAid it to stretch your donation further – we have set £250 as an initial target but we hope to raise lots more, alongside our upcoming charity events!

Thank you 😀

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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Bushra x 😀


NCS: WEEK 1, at the Pioneer Centre

Last Monday, I nervously set off to begin an amazing adventure with a great bunch of people on NCS (National Citizen

20150721_184801Service), a four week intense and fun course for young people aged 15-17 which aims to improve you as a young person both physically (as we learnt on the first week of activities!) and mentally as you go through a range of tasks working with lots of different people! My first week was spent at the Pioneer Centre in Kidderminster, out in the countryside. We stayed in cabins and I have to admit the place was far more comfortable and amazing than I expected considering it felt like we were heading to nowhere as we entered the countryside! It was huge with endless activites waiting there for us, as well as a basketball court and fields. I honestly felt so nervous even though I knew a few people beforehand but as soon as I got there all my worries seemed irrelevant and I felt I fitted perfectly fine! Everyone was so nice and casual and we all clicked, as we were all on the same journey set to unravel – I even became even closer with some old primary school pals!

We tried lots of new activities and things I had always wanted to do such as archery, fencing and abseiling asIMG_20150724_193458 well as lots of things that involved heights which I naturally love – such as rock climbing, the leap of faith and high ropes! We also did lots of fun activities that were on the ground such as raft building (which got me soaked till the waist – let’s just say our raft ‘failed’!), bridge building, indoor caving and low ropes – which involved more teamwork and co-ordination which really bought our team closer together. There were also opportunities to do things as a whole wave (I was on wave three) such as a fashion show sporting recycled outfits, and a talent show where our group went all out and went Bollywood! We performed a punjabi bhangra dance! There was also a film crew who came to film us dancing to Rather Be by Clean Bandit in our special NCS Tshirts as part of TShirtour graduation video for the graduation ceremony in September to celebrate our upcoming achievements!

Overall, it was an amazing week which is not explainable in words as to how much fun and laughter we had, and despite it only being a week so far, I sense that the friends I have made are for the long term! We got muddy, wet and ill but that just demonstrated our determination and commitment to get through all the challenging and exciting activities lined up! At times it felt like we were on a military field preparing to become soldiers and at times it felt like we were at one big party! However, every moment was precious, memorable and it was honestly one of the best weeks all year so far for me at least, and a change from the dull and lifeless summer which this time last year I thought I’d have! Everyone was so helpful and down to earth and I would do it all over again! Bring on week two which is the university experience at the Demonfort University halls of residence! There will be a post describing the experience next week!

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Bushra 😀