Young people raise £630.65 to support adults living with Cerebral Palsy. 
Harborne registered charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands and community day care centre for adults with cerebral palsy offer a summer work experience programme together with ‘National Citizen Service (NCS) The Challenge Network’ to give young people, aged 15 to 17, experiences working in a charity but also to understand more about disability awareness and the challenges our citizens face. 
 
This year’s programme was a huge success and we had 5 groups, each group with 12 young adults brightening our centre with activities, energy and support. We had sports day activities, bread making, arts and crafts, tai chi, wheelchair dance, singing, cake decorating and much more. The main aim is to give the young people real opportunities and to prepare them for work, life and to enhance their personal experience. This year NCS superstars altogether raised £630.65 because of their positive experiences at Cerebral Palsy Midlands. 
Development Officer for Cerebral Palsy Midlands said: 
We sometimes find that some of the NCS students are deeply moved when they come into our centre, they have never seen anyone with a disability or heard of cerebral palsy. So, the activities and placement provide the young people with positive and better outlook to help better shape them as people. That extra understanding of people having different abilities and needs is only going to support their understanding in their future careers. 
 
..Often, we see previous NCS students coming back to us in their University placements as they remembered the great time they had with us and enjoyed their time at Cerebral Palsy Midlands. I think its great that we have such a positive impact on these young people. 
The NCS programme is a three-part programme for 15 to 17-year olds to take on new challenges, develop new skills and meet new people. They have confidence building and training, they have work experience opportunities and then they must organise a project day and raise awareness in the community. We at Cerebral Palsy Midlands are extremely appreciative that this year NCS raised a fantastic £630.65 to support the great work that we do in our centre daily. This donation really does make a difference to the community of adults we support, and we would like to thank all the young people that joined us from NCS this year. We look forward to continuing our partnership with NCS The Challenge Network next summer. 
 
For more information about Cerebral Palsy Midlands and the great work that we do please visit our website www.cpmids.org.uk or contact Development Officer Sarah Lilly directly by telephone 0121 427 3182 ext.3 or email sarah@cpmids.org.uk. 
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