NCS participants Complete Social Action Project

Over twenty 16-17 year olds from Blackpool and Fylde College completed their social action as part of their NCS course with Blackpool FC Community Trust and Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve. NCS is a nationwide experience for Year 11’s and 12’s delivered by Blackpool FC Community Trust and offers them a chance to develop new skills for whatever post-GCSE life has to throw at them. The NCS participants worked with Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve on Tuesday and Wednesday. They helped with a wide range of duties including clearing pathways to make nature reserve make accessible for the local community. Blackpool FC Community Trust has raised more than £3,000 for local charities by NCS graduates contributing more than 5,000 voluntary hours. Selina Hayes, Senior Community Inclusion Officer for Blackpool FC Community Trust, was delighted with the commitment and attitude from all the participants. Selina said, “It is fantastic to see the young people of Blackpool getting involved and making a difference to themselves and the local community. Our partnership with the college has enabled many young people to benefit from the NCS programme and will continue to do so.” Billy Tomkinson, 17, was one of the NCS participants helping at Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve. Billy said, “It’s great to help out and improve our community. I’ve enjoyed every aspect of NCS with Blackpool FC Community Trust and I recommend anyone who hasn’t done it, to get involved.”  Iollan Banks from Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve said, “The young people from NCS did an excellent job over the two days. Hopefully their efforts will enable many more local people to enjoy the nature reserve.” There are still places available on our summer NCS programme, for more information about the programme or to sign up contact the NCS team on 01253 348691. For more information on Blackpool FC Community Trust, please visit www.blackpoolfccommunitytrust.co.uk or call (01253) 348691