Thousands raised for the local community by UpRising’s NCSers in Lichfield and Tamworth

Thousands raised for the local community by UpRising’s NCSers in Lichfield and Tamworth

October 9, 2017

Nearly 200 young people in Lichfield and Tamworth graduated from the NCS Programme with UpRising last week. On the Programme, the group went through two weeks of residential, one week  doing outdoor activities and another, getting an experience of university life at Staffordshire University. They then came back into their communities in Lichfield and Tamworth to deliver a social action project to create change, that was thought up led entirely by the group of amazing young people.


“I made a lot more friends and it gave me an experience I’d never had before and it gave me more confidence in myself and my abilities” - UpRising NCS Graduate 2017


Their social action projects benefitted local community organisations including St Giles Hospice, Tame Valley Wetlands, The Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Trust and The Starfish Project. Their fundraising and awareness making activities included clearing pathways, car washes, bake sales, busking, visiting care homes and creating videos. Some brave team members even got their legs waxed and hair dyed for the cause!


“I have had the best summer! Had so many new and exciting experiences and met an amazing new group of friends!”  - UpRising NCS Graduate 2017


One of our young people bravely got her haircut to raise over £100 for the Little Princess Trust who provide real hair wigs, free of charge, to children across the UK and Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.


A staggering 6,668 volunteer hours were donated in addition to a huge and £2,622, that was raised for these brilliant community organisations.


Watch the inspiring campaign videos that 2 of our groups made:




Our community partners the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust were one of the organisations that got involved in the Programme.


Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust has benefitted immensely from 5 days of work by over 50 young people from Lichfield and Tamworth as part of their National Citizenship Service. Not only did they work in very hot conditions on one of their days, they helped Lichfield achieve its first Gold Award in Heart of England in Bloom, they cleared huge amounts of brambles, overgrowth and rubbish from the historic "Gallows Wharf" site in Lichfield. 


It's LHCRT's plan to make restoration and celebration of Gallows Wharf a "youth" project: we look forward to further valuable days from NCS, along with our other youth group volunteers, as a Garden of Reflection for the benefit of the many citizens who use this footway for daily recreation and safe walking.


Photo by Paul Marshall of LCHRT.


Another one of our community partners the Tame Valley Wetlands said:


The time that the NCS groups gave to the Tame Valley Wetlands was so gratefully received over the summer. Whether laying bark chip on a path, removing willow, or laying a boardwalk, they were all incredibly enthusiastic and hardworking. The local volunteers and the staff at the Tame Valley Wetlands would like to say a huge thank you!


Photo by Paul Marshall of LHCRT.


A big well done to the Class of Summer 2017!


Our next NCS programme is at the end of October 2017 in Lichfield and Tamworth. More information on UpRising NCS programmes can be found here.