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Local teens volunteer at Erdington hospital on NCS

A team of young people recently volunteered at John Taylor Hospice in Birmingham, providing their help and support to the hospice’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, as part of their National Citizen Service (NCS).

The teenagers helped host the event, supported patients in the hospice’s Living Well Centre, and stayed after the party to clear the outside area and gardens and return it to its normal tranquil and clear space for residents to enjoy this summer.

The NCS programme is led by The Challenge, the leading social integration charity, bringing together 15-17-year-olds for an intensive programme of events and activities, from kayaking to rock-climbing. The young people enjoy four weeks of summer fun with people from across traditional social divides – different nationalities, ethnicities, age, social class, employment status, sexuality, gender and disabilities.

They also get support with public speaking and campaigning, and pitch their ideas for a ‘social action’ day. The end result is an incredible confidence boost and greater independence for these youngsters.

During their visit to John Taylor Hospice the youngsters enjoyed time with people being cared for and their families, seeing first-hand the high level of care provided to people approaching end of life.

John Taylor Hospice, in Grange Road, Erdington, provides specialist care for people who are terminally ill and their families. The hospice has an In-patient Unit and Living Well Centre for day activities as well as community teams who provide support for people in their own homes.

Head of Community Engagement & Volunteer Resource, Mark Jones, said:

We became involved with NCS as we could see the benefits of bringing together young people and the people we care for. It demystifies the idea of a hospice and we hope it will encourage young people to think about projects they could help out in within our community, well into the future.The visit is part of our ongoing work to develop volunteering opportunities with John Taylor Hospice, from hosting in our Living Well Centre to retail in our new charity shops.

Mark Jones, John Taylor House

Other young people between the ages of 15-17 are encouraged to sign up for the government-supported NCS summer programme, costing just £50 for the entire experience – including food, accommodation and activities.

For more on John Taylor Hospice and how you can support its work through volunteering see

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