Another team of twelve teenagers have signed up for the National Citizens Service programme and are doing community projects in Henley this week.
Last week we reported on the team that did a town and river rubbish clean up and created a boat from the rubbish which is now on display at the River & Rowing Museum.
The teenagers, aged 15-17 all joined a four-week programme where they spent the first week doing outdoor activities including climbing at Overstrand Hall in Norfolk, followed by a week at Hill End Centre, near Oxford where they learnt life skills including first aid, cooking and budgeting. The third and fourth weeks are spent in the local community doing a social action project with the topic this year of the environment.
This team’s community projects have been to help with some gardening and clearing of weeds. The first project on Monday was to clear an area behind the Henley College reception area which was overgrown and today (Wednesday) they helped with Henley Wildlife Group’s project to remove an invasive plant (Himalayan Balsam) from the stream in the front of the River & Rowing Museum.
Roshelle Coppens from Reading who is coming to Henley College in September to study Film and Theatrical Studies, English Language and Literature said, “I decided to do the programme as it seemed liked a really interesting scheme. I wanted to join a team that I wouldn’t forget and make friends in what is supposed to be the best summer of my life when I don’t have any worries and I’ve achieved that. The community aspects are really important and show that even if we have a small team we may not seem like we’re making a difference but it really does make a difference and it inspires other people to do the same.”
Jonathan Simms NCS Group Leader said, “The group decided on what type of projects they’d like to get involved in. We hope that Henley College will plant up this area and use the space more productively now it has been cleared. It’s good to see the group doing some great hands-on stuff in the community.”