Sep 2018 / General News

Loughborough teens need your help in NCS Social Action Star Awards 2018

A group of young people from Loughborough have reached the final of the 2018 Social Action Star Awards hosted by National Citizen Service (NCS). One of two finalists, the work undertaken by the teens has been recognised as a project worth celebrating.

The Social Action Star Awards take place each year to celebrate youth-lead social action happening across the nation both during and after the NCS programme. This year, 40 projects were nominated to win by NCS providers and staff, where judges then decided on two finalists to go through to a public vote.

The young people completed an inspiring project at Derbyshire House in East Leake, where they raised over £1,000 to complete the work. The initial focus of the project was to create a sensory garden for the care home residents. The project was also designed to break down barriers between young people and the elderly, with an effort to increase awareness of the impact of dementia.

After working with the residents the team decided that they would design and build a mini golf course and a sensory garden. Working with local businesses and the community, they managed to gain assistance and donations to support the project. The teens not only completed their scheduled 30 hours of voluntary work, but also went on to continue visiting until the project was completed, creating a host of sensory activities throughout the garden to stimulate audial, tactile, visual and memory senses.

Amy Barnett, Regional Coordinator at The EBP said: “I am so incredibly proud of them. Watching them as a team they showed dedication, innovation and enthusiasm for their project. They really did work as a team conscientiously and made a massive impact on the lives of the residents living at the care home. I have in four and a half years of NCS never seen another group who have achieved so much starting with so little.”

The Social Action Star Awards are open to the public vote for one week only where anyone can vote for the project they want to win. The project which receives the highest number of votes will be invited to an awards ceremony where they will receive both team and individual awards, as well as £500 to continue the work on their projects.

With votes open to the public now, you can show your support by casting yours up until Monday 24 September by visiting the live Twitter poll at

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