National Citizen Service

Published on 25 March 2015

National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government initiative, funded by the Football League Trust and delivered by the MK Dons Sport and Education Trust throughout Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire. For the second year running Vandyke students have taken advantage of this opportunity that takes place during school holidays. This year nine students from Vandyke took part.

NCS is for young people aged 16-17, (even up to 23 for those with a recognised physical or learning disability). The aim of NCS is to provide opportunities for personal development whilst experiencing new challenges, meeting new people and having a positive impact in the community.

'I am pleased to report that the participation and conduct of your students was excellent and they fully embraced the challenges put to them during the residential phase of the programme.  The team really pushed themselves outside of their comfort zone taking part in difficult physical challenges such as high rope work as well as working together as a team to achieve team challenges at the outward bound centre in Shropshire.  Following this they attended the stadium MK, meeting charities and organisations and they visited Suzuki HQ where they met business mentors and had a tour of the workshops and met The Parks Trust, Bedford Uprising & Willen Hospice. 

As you will be aware the team have decided to make their Social Impact project an awareness raising campaign around mental health issues in young people which they are calling #StopTheStigma in partnership with MIND.  Their social media campaign has already reached 868 LIKES!  The team are planning on making a stop motion video about the issues, which we hope to show at the MK Dons vs Notts County game on 21st March reaching an estimated regional audience of over 12K local people.'

Angela Novell

Director of Education MK Dons