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NCS with Oldham Athletic Community Trust

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NCS at Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT)

What is NCS?
OACT are a delivery partner of the National Citizen Service (NCS). NCS is the chance for 16 to 17 year-olds to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience during the summer and autumn school holidays, taking part in the country’s fastest-growing youth movement. 2021 is now our second year delivering NCS, and we hope it will be our biggest and best programme yet!

Why take part in NCS?

  • NCS lets you experience new and exciting activities away from home, making a host of great new friends in the process.
  • NCS can offer you valuable skills such as resilience, public speaking and teamwork that can help you stand out with your CV and UCAS applications, and prepare you for adulthood.
  • NCS gives you the chance to give back to your local community by taking part in your very own social action project, making your voice heard and preparing you to be an active citizen.

 

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Testimonials from Autumn 2020 NCS Graduates (OAFC Academy)

“The NCS project was great because it gave us an insight to different people and the way society functions. It was important to give back to the local community in Oldham, and to give a helping hand to others who may be struggling in the community. We also got to take part in go-karting which was fun and it allowed us to bond and enjoy ourselves.” - Junior

“What I enjoyed most about NCS was definitely visiting the homeless shelter as it gave us the opportunity to see how the homeless have turned their lives around for the better in a positive manner, it made me realise how we really take things in life for granted.” – Asa

For more information on our NCS programme, you can contact us directly on:

To see the impact NCS can have, check out all of our NCS content on our YouTube channel! 

 

NCS School Partners and Summer 2022!

We are delighted to be working with a number of schools, colleges and alternative education providers across Oldham to deliver the Summer 2022 National Citizen Service (NCS) Programme. These partner providers are as follows:

  • Blue Coat CofE School
  • Co-op Academy Failsworth
  • Crompton House CofE School
  • E-Act Royton and Crompton Academy
  • Kingsland School
  • Oasis Academy Oldham
  • Oldham College
  • SMS Changing Lives

Since September 2021, we have already worked closely with Oasis Academy Oldham and Co-op Academy Failsworth to provide our bespoke Skills Booster programme to 30 pupils, and we look forward to working with more of our partner schools to provide this fantastic opportunity for their pupils to develop key knowledge and skills.

As we look towards Summer 2022, we are excited to work closely alongside each of these to provide the opportunity for young people aged 16-17 to take part in our NCS programme this August. The programme is a jam-packed 2 weeks, split into 4 unique phases. Our programme kicks off on Monday 15th August, and can be broken down as follows:

Week 1 – Monday 15th August 2022 – Friday 20th August 2022

Phase 1 (Be Epic) and Phase 2 (Live Life).

Week 1 will take place at YHA Trafford Hall, Chester on a residential basis. This first week, encompassing the first two phases, will be packed with a range of outdoor activities such as rock-climbing and abseiling which will help you to connect with new people and make new friends, coupled with a variety of workshops and activities which can help you to develop your independence, gain an insight into the world of work, and have your voice heard.

Week 2 – Monday 22nd August 2022 – Friday 27th August 2022

Phase 3 (Do Good)

Week 2 will take place at a local venue in Oldham, on a non-residential basis. This phase is all about gaining a better understanding of, and doing good within, your community. You’ll pick a cause or charity that you and your team care about, and plan and implement your very own social action project which looks to tackle this and leave a lasting legacy.

And after all that, you of course deserve to celebrate your achievements! This is Phase 4 (Go Party), where you can come back together new friends and old friends to reflect on a fantastic Summer.

To sign up to NCS, head to www.wearencs.com or call 0800 197 8010.

We will also be recruiting for seasonal staff across a variety of roles, so keep your eyes peeled for more information on this in the coming months.

If you want to learn more about NCS, whether you are a young person, a teacher, or a parent/guardian, you can contact us on holly.espie@oact.org.uk.

You can see some of our 2021 NCS Highlights on our YouTube channel by clicking HERE or watching the video below.

 

Summer 2022 NCS Team!

Holly Espie - NCS Manager / Wave lead

Laura Barlow - NCS Assistant Wave lead

Adam Steeple - NCS Team Leader

Laura Osborne - NCS Team Leader

Alamin Hussain - NCS Team Leader

Kyle Horton - NCS Assistant Team Leader

Alex Jones – NCS Assistant Team Leader

Mayesha Rahman - NCS Assistant Team Leader

 

On top of our core NCS programmes, we are delighted to be able to offer our partners schools and colleges the NCS Skills Booster programme. This offer aims to support students to re-engage and return to learning following disruption due to the pandemic, offering personal development opportunities through allowing them to gain key skills for their next steps after Year 11 or 12 and wider life.

We are excited to have worked with numerous pupils across both Co-op Academy Failsworth and Oasis Academy Oldham already during the Autumn term to deliver sessions to their Year 11 pupils on a range of important topics. We have covered everything from money management, CVs, cover letter and interview skills, and careers and progression to citizenship, diversity and inclusion and political engagement. We can’t wait to continue this, and work with even more of our partner schools, into 2022!

Skills Booster is completely free of charge to schools and students, and can be delivered completely flexibly to local needs. If you are a member of school or college staff interested in learning more about Skills Booster, please contact holly.espie@oact.org.uk.

Changemakers allows young people to continue having an impact on their local community beyond their NCS experience. All of our NCS graduates are offered the opportunity to become a Changemaker, where they have the chance to meet even more new friends, continue gaining key skills for life and education, and take on regular social action projects to support their local community. Our first ever Changemakers project aimed at reducing loneliness and isolation among elderly people at Christmas is well underway, with participants planning a Christmas party and gifts for care home residents.

Our Changemakers programme is also open to 15-17 year-olds who have not taken part in NCS, but who want to make a difference in their local area, so if you would be interested in getting involved please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

Oldham Athletic uses the #NCSMatchday to celebrate young people’s contribution to the town of Oldham thanks to NCS.

During the fixture against Bristol Rovers, the club highlighted the positive impacts young people have made to the community. For the fixture, previous participants of NCS where invited as special guests to the game, whilst players from both teams warmed up in NCS t-shirts. In addition to this 500 tickets where allocated to partner NCS schools and colleges.

Each year, Oldham Athletic promotes NCS and the impact it has had on young people from Oldham through a campaign called #NCSMatchday. Oldham Athletic Community Trust works with EFL Trust alongside a network of partners to promote and deliver the NCS programme to teenagers.

Designed for 16-17-year-olds, NCS offers an inclusive summer programme that helps young people get the skills, experience and self-belief they need to achieve their potential - and smash their future goals. NCS aims to make a life-changing difference to young people and how they approach life after school. 

In just a couple of months, they’ll mix with new people from different backgrounds, conquer big challenges, pick up some invaluable life skills and get the confidence they need to live independently. They will even take part in a social action project and ‘do good’ in their local community. It’s the perfect stepping stone into adult life – just ask the 600,000 young people who’ve already experienced NCS.

You can watch highlights from the NCS delivery last year via Oldham Athletic Community Trust's programme via their YouTube channel which you can find by clicking here.

NCS has now opened registration for its summer 2022 programme. To find out more and to sign up, visit wearencs.com 

Last Summer’s NCS programme represented our first face-to-face delivery of the Summer programme, and what a fantastic Summer it was!

Over a 4-week period, we engaged with 27 young people from across Oldham to give them a positive experience of meeting new people, taking on new challenges, and raising awareness & funds for some worthy charitable causes in the process. Both our July and August cohorts started their NCS experience with a trip to Hollingworth Lake to take on some outdoor team-building and water activities. We then began our Live Life phase, where participants took on a range of activities to support their transition to adulthood. You can see highlights from our visit to Hollingworth lake below!

Our NCS Summer 2021 participants were fortunate enough to be joined by a range of guests and partners including Jim McMahon MP, UK Parliament, former BMX world champion Kelvin Batey, and Young Enterprise, who all contributed greatly to the success of the programme. Other activities including cooking, budgeting and money management, preparing young people for their transition into adulthood.

We spoke to Jim McMahon MP after his visit to our programme where he highlighted the importance of NCS for young people which you can watch here:

Some inspirational social action projects also took place over the course of the Summer. Participants on our July programme wanted to tackle the issue of food insecurity and poverty in Oldham, whilst also expressing their concern about how many older members of the community may have felt lonely or isolated during the pandemic. To combat these issues, the group organised a ‘Cake and Coffee’ event based at the Primrose Community Centre, bringing together different members of the community for a free event, with entry based on bringing a donation for the local food bank. The group managed to gain donations from local supermarkets, also helping reduce the issue of food waste, to help them run a successful event. Posters were distributed to local residents and members of the public, and participants worked tirelessly to make the venue look fantastic! The event was a huge success, with over 50 items raised for Oldham Food Bank, and great fun had by all who attended.

Our August team took on their own approach, raising money for Andy’s Man Club, a charity which organised talking groups for men to reduce stigma around men’s mental health and prevent men from taking their own life. The group decided to take on a sponsored seat-a-thon to raise funds for this fantastic charity, aiming to sit in each and every seat in Boundary Park, approx. 13,500 in total!

Lucas White, Marketing and Communications Champion for the charity, stated that “Andy’s Man Club wouldn’t be here without people raising awareness and doing fundraisers such as the seat-a-thon. To see these young people sitting on every seat at Boundary Park to raise awareness of the charity is brilliant. Projects like this help to raise awareness of the charity and saves lives, supporting people who are in need. I am truly grateful for the support NCS has given the charity.”

The group raised £195 in total, which will support the charity to continue running their talking groups and providing support to those in need. Wanting to have a positive impact on even more members of the local community, the group also made positive affirmation cards, handing these out to members of the public to add some joy and positivity to their day as they walked through the town centre!

NCS Manager Holly Grimes said: “After such a challenging year for everyone it was fantastic to be able to finally deliver a face-to-face NCS programme which was so well-received by the young people who took part. Despite the circumstances participants were still able to have a fantastic experience including activities such as raft-building, cooking, motivational speakers, political engagement workshops, developing key skills such as leadership, teamwork, public speaking and problem-solving in the process.”

 

Read our NCS Summer 2021 Impact Report HERE

 

NCS Autumn programmes are slightly different to the Summer programme in that we have delivered all of our programmes with learners from our partner college, Oldham College. Our Autumn programme runs during term-time with 'Be Epic' and 'Live Life' who support our delivery on the programme that runs over a 2-week period, with social action delivered part-time throughout the Autumn term.

Our 2021 Autumn NCS provision has seen us work with over 30 young people from Oldham College to develop their skills and build strong team bonds with their coursemates. We have worked with groups from both the Employability and Skills Faculty and the Sport and Public Services Faculty to provide a meaningful NCS experience, reinforcing learner’s college learnings as well as expanding their skillset and pushing them out of their comfort zone. We have visited a host of different venues including Game Over escape rooms, Go Ape Delamere Forest, and Kingswood sites at Peak Venture and Colomendy, with all venues providing lots of laughs and young people pushing themselves to take on new challenges with their team.

Having been so integral to our summer programme, we welcomed back some of our summer partners including UK Parliament and Kelvin Batey, as well as working with some fantastic new partners. These partners include England blind footballer Azeem Amir who delivered an inspiring disability awareness session, Esmail Patel who delivered a fantastic British Sign Language session, and finally Loudspeaker who pushed learners out of their comfort zone with a fantastic full-day workshop on public speaking and debating.

There are also some exciting social action projects in the making, with one team focusing on the issue of homelessness in Oldham and attempting to run, cycle and row 350 miles to raise funds for the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity! Our second Autumn NCS group are creating Christmas decorations to sell at the college Christmas markets, with all proceeds being donated to Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice.

You can see highlights from our time with cohort 1 & 2 below!