Twelve young people raised £477.72 as Team Reiss for local charity New Directions by supporting people with disabilities, and completing their National Citizen Service (NCS) as part of a government-funded initiative. Team Reiss designed a successful sports day for six people from New Directions day activities and opportunities service, which took place at Rugby College. They also designed and delivered a campaign in Rugby town centre inspired by New Directions to make people aware of diversity and challenging stereotypes about disabilities.

Members of Team Reiss used drama on their initial visits to New Directions to understand how the charity helps people and the local community. As part of the awareness campaign, they created a canvas tree and asked members of public to mark a thumbprint on its trunk, as well as providing a bag of sweets to them and an inspiring quote. NCS is a government-funded initiative that supports community engagement and social integration among young people. It is delivered in Warwickshire by The Challenge and is aimed at 15-17 year olds across the UK. NCS brings together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society. NCS is recognised by UCAS and the experience is great to demonstrate skills to employers.

New Directions Manager Carol Payne said, “On behalf of the people we support I would like to congratulate and thank Team Reiss for their commitment and hard work. We are delighted that young people from NCS The Challenge have supported our charity once again and delivered such a positive and successful campaign of events. These young people have gained new skills and experiences, while making new friends and contributing to their community which will be an unforgettable experience that will help them get ahead in work and life.”

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