NCS students do their bit for the community with Move4mentalhealth
Groups of Year 11 and Year 12 students are enjoying taking part in the NCS programme during the summer holidays. The two-week project features a range of activities including outdoor pursuits, teambuilding, public speaking, culminating in a project that benefits the local community. We caught up with one of the groups this morning, with 11 students from Richmond School and 2 students from Risedale School, to find out how they are getting on with their community project.
The students wanted to raise money to pay for a member of staff in school to be trained as a designated mental health first aider as they are aware of how challenging the pandemic has been both for students and people of all ages. They are aiming to improve students’ access to help for mental health and highlight the problems faced by young minds today. By walking, cycling, running, rowing and just dance, the students set themselves a target of £300 to fund this. After day two, they have already covered 247.1 miles and have raised £414 via their JUSTGIVING PAGE
They are hoping to double the amount so they can support another member of staff at Risedale School. They have also created a petition for every school to have a mental health first aider on site and participants have been raising awareness about this in Richmond and on social media.
We are delighted that so many of our students taking part in NCS this year and it’s great to see alumni Matty Short and Dan Dickinson supporting the students as leaders on the project.
Thank you to Yorkshire Cricket Foundation for delivering the NCS programme.