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Sheffield citizenship volunteers get hands-on and give something back

19 August 2015
Young NCS participants taking part in a volunteering placement.

Young residents have been giving back and getting involved in the Shiregreen community through Sheffield Wednesday FC’s National Citizenship Service (NCS) programme.

Volunteering in citizenship placements

Teenagers taking part in the scheme spent the first half of August taking part in rewarding volunteering citizenship placements organised by Sanctuary Housing, including two community litter picks and tidy up days with Sheffield City Council, green makeovers at Hope Community Allotment on Windmill Lane and local promotion of the Shiregreen Garden Competition 2015.

Visit to the Lifewise Centre

Programme participants visited interactive learning and safety facility the Lifewise Centre, where they found out about community safety issues showcased on the centre’s purpose-built set.

Citizenship skills

Aiming to assist local partners and voluntary groups who rely on the support of volunteers, the placements also allowed the youngsters taking part to develop valuable citizenship skills and build relationships with different age groups in Shiregreen.

Zoe Blythe, assistant NCS coordinator, said: “Everyone really enjoyed their time volunteering in Shiregreen. The students gained many valuable skills thanks to the diverse range of placements that were organised for them.

“Sanctuary Housing has been a fantastic partner to work with and we can’t thank the staff enough for providing the volunteers with such meaningful opportunities.”

Sanctuary’s director of neighbourhoods, Colleen Eccles, said: “We have worked closely in partnership with Sheffield Wednesday FC on many different projects and I’m delighted we were able to assist them in finding Shiregreen placements as part of the NCS programme.

“The hard work and commitment shown by the volunteers was inspirational and really helped towards our aim of building better neighbourhoods for our residents.”