MFC Foundation has yet again been working throughout the summer with a group of 16 and 17 year olds from across Middlesbrough as part of the government's flagship initiative, National Citizen Service (NCS).

NCS brings together youngsters from different backgrounds and sets new challenges and experiences enabling them to develop the confidence, skills and attitudes needed to contribute and become more engaged with their local communities as well as contributing to being active and responsible citizens.

The youngsters involved in NCS, through MFC Foundation, have undergone a full summer programme that has included an amazing outdoor adventure away residential, a community residential and planned and delivered a social action project to help benefit their community.

The outdoor adventure residential took place at PGL Winmarleigh, near Preston, and consisted of a five-day programme that enabled the youngsters to develop skills and conquer fears through challenges such as survival skills, raft building, challenge course and sensory trail.

Following this they then took part in a community residential, staying locally at MFC Foundation's Eston Leisure Complex. This stage of the programme allowed the youngsters to learn more about their community through workshops and activities.

Highlights included a Cultural Awareness workshop delivered by Media Cultured in which MP Andy McDonald dropped in, a workshop by Olympian swimmer Nick Gillingham through the Dame Kelly Holme's Trust, and a motivational speech and wheelchair basketball coaching session with local Paralympian Lee Fawcett from Tees Valley Titans in which Boro's very own George Friend attended. 

In their two teams, each consisting of 15 youngsters, the groups planned a social action project based on what they had learnt and their experiences in order to deliver a project that would make a difference and benefit their local community. Team Andy completed 5 challenges in 5 days to raise money for 6 chosen charities that are close their hearts. These challenges involved sitting on every seat of the Riverside Stadium, a clean up and painting of MFC Foundation's Herlingshaw Building, held a coffee morning at Thorntree Community Hub, a triathlon at Eston Leisure Centre and a 40 mile walk in conjunction of running a raffle. The charities selected were Charlotte Wren Fund, Make a Child Smile, Barnardo's, Butterwick Hospice, Abbey's Love and MFC Foundation. The total raised was £1000 to be split between the 6 charities.

Meanwhile, Team CJ decided to work with the elderly and in particular St Mary's Nursing Home in Linthorpe. The youngsters planned an activity day in which they walked 12 residents to Albert Park and played parachute games, fed the ducks and had a picnic that was kindly provided for by MFC Head Chef Howard Archer. After this, the held a coffee afternoon at the home followed by a game of bingo. Team CJ also held a raffle and raised over £480 for the Nursing Home. This money will be used to buy an old fashioned sweet cart in which the residents will be able to enjoy sweets such as rhubarb rock, cherry drops and liquorices tablets.         

If you are 16 or 17 years old (year 12) and missed out on our Summer 2014 programme, don't panic as MFC Foundation are now looking for individuals who would like to take part in their NCS Autumn 2014 programme starting during October half term with the outdoor adventure residential on Friday 24th October. NCS is a great way to boost your skills and your CV along the way working with MFC Foundation. If you are interested then please contact Charlotte Dinsdale on 01642 757673 or email enquiries@mfcfoundation.co.uk.