During last year's NCS, we signed up a group of Asylum Seekers to our programme, who came from various countries and were staying with foster parents or with the YMCA. Some of these young people hadn't been in the UK for very long before coming onto our NCS programme and couldn't speak a great deal of English. At the beginning, a few were nervous and quiet but within the first week, and then for the remainder of the programme, they pushed themselves out of their comfort zone, made great friends with their teammates and gained masses of confidence.

In particular, these young people did really well during our interview/CV workshops and during their Social Action Project. One of them, even got in contact after graduating to see if we could help update his CV.  Their enthusiasm to learn and get involved with activities and workshops was incredible and some of them have been involved with volunteering roles since graduating. They showed interest and determination to complete their social action project, always working brilliantly within their team and forming great friendships, of who they are still in contact with.