One of the aims of NCS is to give young people the independence and confidence they need for life after school. Kelly Day was delighted at the difference that two weeks had on her son, Harry Day, who struggled with his confidence prior to taking part in NCS.
Due to having additional needs, Harry was very shy, reluctant to take part in group activities and talk in front of the group as he was worried he would not be accepted. In his first week, Harry took part in a variety of workshops including CV writing, interview skills and even got involved in public speaking sessions. These workshops gave Harry the confidence to communicate more freely and express his views. These new skills were important as he put himself forward as the lead role for a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch about their social action project which was to show their appreciation for key workers.
As part of his team’s social action projects, Harry played a key role in an art and coffee morning which the group held to raise money for the NHS and to say thank you for the hard work and dedication shown throughout the pandemic. Following his newfound confidence, Harry decided he wanted to be at the door to welcome the guests to the coffee morning.
Harry also volunteered with SOFEA, a local charity that supports vulnerable people with food and education. Whilst volunteering with them, Harry helped create food boxes that will be sent to vulnerable people self-isolating. Harry enjoyed this so much he has spoken to the Manager of SOFEA and asked to continue volunteering with them in his spare time.
Harry said, “I now feel more positive to start college as I am now more confident. I have learnt how to express myself clearly and ask for help without being worried about being judged.”
Kelly, Harry’s Mum added, “Harry’s confidence increased and anxiety decreased – he loved every minute. Since taking part Harry has confidently told many people about the project and his time on ‘Keep Doing Good.’ He has shown everyone the artwork he has created and has increased his self-worth thanks to this.”