NCS Grad Fest 2018!

Participants came together to celebrate their graduation from National Citizen Service on Friday night.

Hosted at the Barnsley Metrodome, the festival-themed event presented the chance to reflect and celebrate a memorable Summer with NCS.

A total of 234 young adults graduated from the programme, with over 250 people attending Friday’s ‘Grad Fest’ including staff and guests from the EFL and social action projects.

Team leaders led a presentation, talking through the adventure, discovery and social action phases of the programme alongside pictures and videos from each wave.

Each group’s team leaders nominated their ‘star of NCS’ for the individual who shone throughout the three phases.

Three participants also performed live before food was served and a DJ continued the celebrations.

Other activities on the night included a rope ladder inflatable, a surfing simulator, a photo booth and a glitter stand.

NCS is a nationwide programme run for participants aged 16-17, helping them to develop key skills in preparation for adult life whilst making friends and enjoying unique experiences.

After two weeks of residential trips, all of the young adults took part in social action projects across the borough of Barnsley.

The graduates completed priceless work at locations such as the Exchange Recovery College, MIND and Owd Martha’s Yard amongst others.

In total, £5,055 was raised across the four waves of participants during the social action phase.

NCS co-ordinator Hannah Philips spoke about the success of the evening and a great summer with the programme.

“It was a fantastic night,” said Hannah. “Everything ran really smoothly and all of the graduates looked like they had a good time. It was great to bring everyone together to celebrate another summer of NCS making a difference, not just to the graduates and staff but also to the local community through our social action projects.

“I’m so proud of all the graduates, we’ve loved working with them throughout every phase of each wave. I’m sure they’ve have made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. I’d like to say a special well done to everyone who won an award as well.”

Click HERE to check out the pictures from the photo booth at Friday’s Grad Fest, contact your team leader for the gallery password.

If you will be aged 16-17 in Summer 2019 and are interested in finding out more information about NCS, please contact [email protected] or ring 01226 211333.