The National Citizen Service is a three-part government-funded youth programme, and it’s all about adventure, discovery and social action – and on Tuesday, we were lucky enough to have a bunch of 15 to 17-year-olds in our midst as part of the initiative.

The idea of the NCS is to bring together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society. Its aim is to encourage young to try new things, gain new skills and challenges themselves!

Visiting us as part of their social action, our day started with the NCS members taking charge of running a successful games session; there were several residents and young people playing a selection of games including Scrabble, Connect Four, Draughts and Snakes & Ladders, and of course, there was plenty of chat, tea and biscuits too.

In the afternoon, the young people recited poetry to our residents, followed by both solo and group singing, even throwing in the Kiki Dance moves! Our residents really had a fun-filled day with this fine group of youngsters.

On our parting goodbyes, one of our residents said to them: “It’s lovely to see the young people of today showing that there are good, kind young people out there wanting to make a difference instead of the bad publicity that we so often hear about.”

From everyone here at Groveland Park, we’d like to thank the National Citizen Service for your kindness! We hope to welcome you back into our home again one day.