Over 40 young people from the National Citizen Service (NCS) have worked with Riana Development Network this summer to volunteer for the organisation and make a difference in the London Borough of Hounslow.
The first wave from Ealing helped to create an enterprise plan for the Your Community Your Change project which will result in an exhibition in autumn 2019.
Participants were required to draft a budget, marketing plan and strategy for the event. It was great to see the NCS group take the challenge head on and come up with ingenious ideas to save money and make the most of the resources provided to them.
Some of the ideas included having an interactive wall where people could view the story behind the photographs and using drama to bring the photos to life. Other ideas focused on highlighting the impact of serious youth violence by creating a "behind the mirror" stand - two people at a time share their experiences of serious youth violence and its effects to spread awareness.
The workshop also provided the opportunity to discuss with young people across west London about issues affecting their area and propose solutions.
The next stage of planning will be to develop these ideas further and begin advertising the event which will be open to the public
The aim of the exhibition will be to showcase the power of photo-voice as a storytelling tool to highlight issues affecting young people.
If you would like to get involved in the Your Community Your Change project, contact Rodgers Orero (Project Coordinator) firstname.lastname@example.org
Community social action
The second wave from Hounslow consisted of 22 young people dedicated to volunteering for the Edensor Gardens Family Fun Day - the second edition!
Faced with similar budget constraints, the group have been instrumental in the planning process for the community fun day, coming up with ideas to fundraise and engage with local residents.
Working with the young people from NCS has allowed for team members to gain confidence and leadership skills in activities they are unfamiliar with. These include stakeholder management and logistics planning. It has also been impressive to see how well they know the local area they are working in and how they evaluate their ideas to bring people together.
The two NCS teams will campaign and gain sponsors for the fun day which will take place on Sunday 4th August, 1PM-6PM, Edensor Gardens, Chiswick.
We hope these experiences are just the start for both waves of NCS participants to regularly contribute and be active in their local communities.
Find out more about the work the National Citizen Service does with young people