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How Catch22’s Nottingham College and NCS teams work together to raise aspirations

The relationship between NCS East Midlands and Catch22 College Nottingham goes from strength to strength! This is the 4th year working together to change young people’s perspectives and raise aspirations.

05 December 2020

Every year our college links up with NCS (National Citizen Service) to provide our students with the opportunity to stretch themselves and build confidence and skills outside of the classroom. From trips to London, to outward bound activity days and working with external organisations, a great additional opportunity that you too could be part of by enrolling with our college.

Adapting during the pandemic

Unfortunately, we were unable to run the residential aspect of the programme due to Covid-19 – but this didn’t stop everyone having fun and challenging the young people at Colwick Adventure Centre. All the young people embraced the chilly November outdoors by completing land and water based activities. For many of them this was the first time they have had the opportunity to have a go at these outdoor activities. Pushing themselves to try something new and face their fears. There were many cheers of celebration supporting one another to achieve the best they possibly could. Watching everyone conquer their own individual challenges was a very proud moment for the team.

Practical skills

The second phase of the programme saw us upskill the young people on topics like confidence, political engagement and project planning. We worked in partnership with AKA a local Nottingham based organisation who came in to deliver sessions that helped young people think about their own confidence and how they could boost it.

Social action

The final part of their programme is helping their community by planning and delivering a social action project. Being so close to Christmas, the young people have decided to run with the theme. They’ve designed and created a product as part of a social enterprise to sell for profit to give the proceeds to charity. The young people took the reigns and came up with products which included pet Christmas baubles and reindeer food. They researched local charities and individually pitched which charity they were passionate about. Using the skills learnt in the political engagement workshop, individuals voted on what charity they would like give the proceeds to.

Overall, it has been a successful collaboration yet again! We are looking forward to working for the first time this year with the ESOL students who are based at Catch22 College Nottingham.