TEENAGERS from a city volunteer project gave up their time at the weekend to help at the Coventry soup kitchen.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Third Sector

The government is planning to plough £200m into the National Citizen Service. Andy Hillier looks at whether the evaluation of last year’s pilot schemes indicates that this will be money well spent

The government’s independent evaluation of the National Citizen Service, published last week, boasts some impressive headline findings.

As well as raising awareness of the problems homeless people face, the event will also be used to collect food, clothing and donations which will be distributed to the homeless charities across the city.

AROUND 200 young people will be swapping their warm and cosy beds for cardboard boxes tonight to highlight homelessness.

We are privileged to work with a range of community partners, some of whom support the most vulnerable groups in society. Challenge participants thoroughly enjoy visiting community partners, many of whom they will work with in September to deliver numerous social action projects.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Graduates grill business leaders

On July 3, Challenge graduates took part in an event entitled ‘The Big Conversation’. The event, held at the Royal Festival Hall, was organised by the Office for Civil Society and Business in the Community. Over 30 Challenge graduates joined other graduates of the National Citizen Service as they met top business leaders to scope opportunities for work experience and gain careers advice.

On June 13, graduate Mayowa Quadri represented The Challenge Network at a reception held at Downing Street. Mayowa was one of 15 young people invited to be part of a policy roundtable discussion looking at how to encourage young people into community volunteering.

The inaugural chair of The Challenge Network, Patrick Shine, stepped down on March 31st and has been replaced by Colin Smith OBE.

Patrick held this role since the charity was founded and has been pivotal to its rapid growth and development over the last three years.

The Challenge was an experience I will never forget! It changed my perspective and now I am determined to disprove negative stereotypes of teenagers. Doing The Challenge opened up new pathways of skills and experiences. Not only did I personally benefit, I also contributed towards reforming my local community; something only a few young people can say.

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