BCHA’s National Citizen Service programme is open to all young people aged 15 to 17 in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and Ferndown. Alisha took part and enjoyed the experience so much she is now working for the scheme.

“I signed up to NCS with the same motives as most teenagers – to meet new like-minded people, have an exciting time, make a significant effect in the community and create change.

“I had a very enjoyable few weeks taking part in activities such as quad biking, paintballing, paddle boarding and first aid. We also fundraised for our social action project by organising a massive sports event, a non-school uniform day and bake sales along with many other events which resulted in my team raising £700 for Bournemouth Hospital. At the end of the experience we received numerous certificates.

“The programme is an excellent initiative which is growing every year and helps to improve confidence and independence”

“After graduating from NCS, an opportunity arose for a full time administrator, so I took the leap. Since then I have progressed in this role and now I help to run the courses.

“I hope more young people continue to keep getting involved. The programme has so many benefits. BCHA support the running and delivery of the NCS programme in this area. This work supports one of BCHA’s main missions which is to eradicate social exclusion.”

Alisha’s piece of advice for changemaking:

“My experience just goes to show what you can do when you put your mind to a cause.”

  • £500 can provide Art as Relaxation sessions, including materials, for up to 90 people
  • £1,000 would help 10 victims of modern slavery with welcome packs, underwear and clothing
  • £3,000 would pay for an Ignite Work Club session to run every week for a year
  • £9,000 would allow up to 90 learners to complete a level 1 Skills for Supporting Others course