'Young Community Star' - Sebastian, Year 13
Blatchsix student Sebastian - Year 13, has been awarded ‘Young Community Star’ in The Argus Community Stars Awards for taking part in National Citizen Service.
Sebastian’s group, ‘All Rise’, won the award for taking part in a community project which involved carrying out improvements to the Hangleton Community Centre Garden.
2016 marked the 15th annual ‘Community Stars Awards’ which honors local individuals, charities and businesses for their contribution to the community of Brighton & Hove. The group of 16 National Citizen Service volunteers spent a week in Wales taking part in various outdoor activities such as gorge walking and surfing before spending a further week hard at work to improve the garden at the community centre.
Sebastian and his group designed and created a beautiful decorative mosaic wall spelling out the word ‘Community’ and cultivated the huge flower bed in the garden.
National Citizen Service is a government run organisation for young people from 15 to 17 which combines adventure, skill development and social action. It’s great for those who want to get involved in community work and encourages young people to take part in social action projects and build skills for work and life. NCS volunteers develop a social action project to deal with a local issue that they feel is important and spend 30 hours putting the project into action in their community.
Since undertaking NCS, Sebastian has applied for university and was able to use his experience in his applications to showcase his new skills. Seb thoroughly enjoyed his experience and encourages others to take part - he remarked, ‘it was a fun experience and I learnt lots of skills to help in the future, I’d love to do it again and would definitely recommend it to others!’
Well done Seb and good luck!
To find out more about how to get involved with NCS click here