A group of young adults taking part in Everton in the Community’s National Citizen Service (NCS) programme this summer were given a helping hand by Everton legend Graeme Sharp last week when he joined them at Dutch Farm to take part in some volunteering.
The Blues Ambassador joined young people from Wave 1 Group 5 of Everton’s NCS summer intake at an outdoor project in Garston as they spent their time moving wood and equipment to create a new kitchen, gardening, collecting eggs from the farm’s chickens and even helping to rub sun cream onto the resident pigs!
Delivered across England and Northern Ireland, NCS brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility.
Open to 16-17 year olds, NCS is a unique two or four week full-time programme focused around fun and discovery, including 30 hours committed to a community project that benefits both young people and society and helps to make a difference in their community.
The group of 15 teenagers elected to support vulnerable and homeless adults in Liverpool for their social action project and spent time volunteering at both Dutch Farm and a local food bank.
As well as dedicating their time and gaining vital experience, the young adults fundraised to support both projects by undertaking a seven mile walk around the Ingleton Trail raising over £500 to buy food and materials for both the food bank and Dutch Farm.
Located in Garston, Dutch Farm is run by YMCA Liverpool and provides a therapeutic environment for vulnerable people and engages them in meaningful activity allowing for the expansion of skills, production of organic vegetables and the development of creative outlets.
The mission of Dutch Farm is to engage homeless people in practical and sustainable food related projects that inspire health and wellbeing and celebrate the diverse nature of communities in Merseyside.
Everton in the Community delivers the NCS programme across Merseyside on behalf of skills and employability specialist Ingeus.
To find out more about Dutch Farm visit www.liverpoolymca.org.uk/about-us/dutch-farm
If you are interested in taking part in NCS visit www.ncsingeus.co.uk