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St Oswald's partners up with NCS to support young volunteering

St Oswald’s has been joined by a team of young volunteers over the summer after teaming up with North East charity Headliners as part of the National Citizen Service scheme.

The NCS (National Citizen Service) scheme is open to 15-17 year olds and gives youngsters the chance to develop key skills, offering them the opportunity to build their confidence and self-esteem by undertaking a series of challenges to equip them with vital life skills to prepare them for the world of work.

Headliners, based in the North East, is a local delivery partner of the NCS scheme in Newcastle and South Tyneside and approached St Oswald’s earlier in the year. During the summer holidays, more than 4,000 North East teenagers took part in the programme with over 300 young people supporting St Oswald’s by volunteering in various St Oswald’s charity shops.

The volunteers were given the chance to immerse themselves in all things charity retail including; serving customers, stocking shelves, organising stock and creating window displays. The NCS volunteers were also divided into teams and given enterprise challenges to see which team could sell the most products, some of which they designed themselves.

Alannah Healey, Staff Team Leader at NCS, said: 

The staff and volunteers at St Oswald’s were very welcoming. The young people learned all sorts of different skills, such as talking to customers and sales. Their confidence grew throughout the day.

Susan Freeman, Retail Area Manager at St Oswald’s, said:

We’d like to say an enormous thank you to Headliners and everyone involved in the NCS scheme for supporting St Oswald’s. The contribution that the young volunteers have made to St Oswald’s over the summer has been brilliant. The young people we have worked with were mature, pro-active, hardworking and determined to make a positive contribution. As St Oswald’s has 25 charity shops across the region, volunteers play an integral part in supporting our shops and helping us to raise the £7.5 million we need to raise each year to continue to keep our Hospice running. Volunteering at St Oswald’s is just as much about what volunteers can get out of the experience as what they can contribute. We provide opportunities for volunteers to gain qualifications and we encourage volunteers to enhance their CVs and develop skills whilst they’re supporting us. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the NCS volunteers and thank them for the immense contribution they’ve made over the summer. We look forward to working with them again in the future.

To learn more about the benefits of volunteering and the many opportunities St Oswald’s has to offer, please click here.