Catch22's National Citizen Service (NCS) partnership was delighted to welcome a range of visitors to its programmes in Doncaster, Surrey and Wiltshire on 9 August.
In Wiltshire, Tim Loughton, Minister for Children and Families heard about young people's plans for social action as part of NCS with Youth Action Wiltshire. Young people shared their experiences of NCS and talked about how each of them had been encouraged to set themselves new personal goals and challenges.
The Minister also helped to kickstart the teams' fundraising making a bird box and then investing in one, he also participated in some ‘planking’ - not your average activity in a day in the life of a Minister!
In Doncaster, guests from the Department for Education (Fiona Parkin, John Thompson, Kevin Stringer and Nikki Chowdry) witnessed the fantastic work young people taking part in NCS with Doncaster Positive Futures are doing to renovate a village hall inside and out, with great support from local businesses.
In Surrey, Johnson Beharry, a Victoria Cross recipient spoke to young people about his inspirational story, talking not just about his time in the army but also about his own teenage years and decisions he had made to turn his life around.