Youtuber Emma Blackery Surprises NCS Participants

Reds in the Community’s National Citizen Service (NCS) participants at Sheffield Hallam University received a surprise visit from singer/songwriter Emma Blackery today.

The 26-year-old, who has nearly 1.5 million subscribers, travelled from Essex to spend the afternoon with the young adults.

Emma engaged with the groups during music workshops, helping them write lyrics and harmonies for a song about their time on the programme for young adults.

She also watched a number of performances ahead of the talent show our NCS staff will be hosting, ranging from singing, to dancing, to taekwondo.

The participants weren’t the only ones to learn things on the day however as Emma had a go at Zumba dancing before being taught some Barnsley slang.

With NCS only being founded in 2011, Emma never had the opportunity to come on the groundbreaking programme when she was a teenager.

The Essex-born singer was amazed at the friendships made within the participants and encouraged young adults to sign up to the scheme.

She said: “I’ve enjoyed it so much. I’m so overwhelmed by the talent of everybody. Just seeing the teamwork from everybody, how close everyone has got, writing songs together, doing taekwondo, I’ve seen dance routines – I’m just blown away by everyone’s talent. It’s been such a great experience.

“That’s what stood out to me the most – the fact that people on this course didn’t know each other a few weeks back. People might have been shy, reserved, anxious and not knowing what to make of it and now we’re seeing people getting on in their individual groups as teams. I wish that I had NCS when I was a teenager. I love it – Do it!”

For one participant, Emma’s visit was particularly special.

Heather Lindsay has been a huge fan of the musician and already has tickets to her upcoming tour.

Stunned at the sight of her idol, Heather was left in disbelief at finally meeting her favourite Youtuber.

She said: “I still can’t believe that I even met her and spoke to her. The whole day we were told that we would be meeting a Youtuber who was a musician. I thought ‘is it Emma?’ but then I thought she’s too big. Then it was her and I was very overwhelmed. I’ve been watching her videos and listening to her music for so long. It really is a dream come true.”

Meeting one of her biggest fans was also a moment that will remain with Emma from her visit.

She added: “It was a really nice experience, being able to surprise someone and just walk into the room and make that person’s entire day. I live for experiences like this where I actually get to meet people who connect with what I do, the music I make and the videos I record. It’s been such an awesome afternoon.”

There are still places remaining on the final wave of NCS in Summer 2018 for people aged 16-17, leaving for the first week of residential on 13th August.

Call Reds in the Community on 01226 211333 to secure a fantastic Summer you’ll never forget!