Young people in Leeds raise awareness of mental health issues as part of NCS Action Day

Young people in Leeds raise awareness of mental health issues as part of NCS Action Day

Over 300 West Midlands National Citizen Service (NCS) graduates braved freezing temperatures and snow on Saturday night (March 17), sleeping on the streets of Birmingham and Coventry to raise awareness of homelessness.

The 'Big Sleepout' event took place as part of the third annual NCS Action Day - the culmination of months of work by graduates to make a difference to the local issues that matter to them.

There were 25 graduate events across the country, including when NCS graduates in Leeds took over Kirkgate Market to raise awareness of mental health issues. They ran a makeshift art gallery displaying artwork used in art therapy and auctioned off works of art to raise money for their cause.

In Preston, young people collected and dropped off donations for local food banks while graduates in south London ran various events focusing on engaging young people in politics, civic education and tackling knife crime. 

Young people in Birmingham sleep out on the streets to raise awareness of homelessness as part of NCS Action Day

Young people in Birmingham sleep out on the streets to raise awareness of homelessness as part of NCS Action Day

A huge congratulations to all the staff and graduates involved for a successful and insightful day!

If you or someone you know is interested in signing up for this summer's NCS programme, visit our website