National Citizen Service visit DI
8 Sep 2016
It is expected that everyone involved with Disability Initiative challenges themselves and pushes personal boundaries, so it was an exciting prospect when we were asked to work in partnership with the National Citizen Service (NCS), whose motto is ‘it all starts with Yes!
The NCS is a government funded youth service that sees groups of 15-17 year olds complete a project where they undertake a mixture of adventure, skill development, and social action. DI saw the opportunity to get involved, access the younger generation and invite them to work in collaboration with our clients, staff and volunteers with the aim to provide an insight into and awareness of disability issues.
The young people visited DI on 3 occasions.The first to learn more about DI; the second to utilise the sports skills they had learnt previously on the NCS course and the third to volunteer and become directly involved with DI’s programme.
Their time with us included a ‘scavenger hunt’, where each participant had to take on a challenge with an impairment in varying degrees, so that they were able to experience some of the challenges faced by our clients. An ‘activity day’ was also held where they facilitated various competitive games from Bocca to Basketball. In return, they were given tutorials from DI’s clients in DJ workshop skills and Art.
Feedback showed that every member of the NCS team, young people and staff, left DI with a changed perspective of disability.They genuinely felt the experience helped to break down barriers and had given them a better understanding of disability.It is occasions like this that allow DI to get the message across that disability doesn’t discriminate, it can happen to anyone.The young people witnessed the character and resolve we have within our client base, which highlighted the tenacity and abilities that emanate from the resource centre and demonstrated that DI changes lives, for those with and without disabilities.
10 young people left with a new drive to ensure others only see the ability in disability; what more could we hope for?
A wonderful experience for all involved and it all started with Yes!