I have first-hand experience of the work of IYC over the last few years, delivering NCS to students within my schools, both Outwood Academy Bydales in Marske-by-the-Sea, and Outwood Academy Redcar, in Redcar. I liaise closely with Dave over the promotion of both the summer and October half-term schedules, securing high sign-up rates, and also during the summer, sharing photographs and updates on our school social media and website to celebrate the work of students ‘as it happens’, and build interest amongst the next cohort of students who will benefit from the programme. The quality of the NCS programme led by IYC is really impressive, and I am sure that the fantastic experience students receive, and our close liaison over promotion, has led to ever rising numbers of young people receiving a quality experience, and then going on to make such a difference with local social action projects. What makes the programme delivered by IYC so excellent is the attention to detail, the quality of the experiences, and the thought that has gone into the skills that are targeted for development during in particular the second residential week. I thoroughly recommend the IYC team as providers for NCS in my academies. The quality of the residentials, the workshops, and support of students during their social action projects is second to none. The vision of Dave King, and his relentless efforts to promote NCS is nothing short of inspirational. You can see some of the promotion of IYC/NCS and our love of the programme on our school website here: https://www.bydales.outwood.com/ncs
Having worked as a trainer with several NCS providers across the North East in the last five years, without doubt, Imagine You Can are the best. Organisation - great communication before the training day and on arrival - guaranteed, all the workbooks, feedback forms, pens etc will be ready and waiting. The room will be laid out perfectly and all the participants ready to go. Team Leaders - this project recruits the most supportive, sensitive and engaged team leaders. They are crucial to the success of our public speaking workshop as much of it is done in small groups and is facilitated by the leaders. I’m always impressed how in tune they are with what we are seeking to achieve with each of the activities. Participants - by the time of the workshop they have undertaken several activities including their residential. The quality of the team building Imagine You Can undertake means that when they come to the challenge of public speaking, they are tight knit groups, fully attentive and supportive of each other. This is vital. Appreciation - Dave King and his team welcome you as a valued part of their programme. They are the only NCS provider I have worked with who have not only invited me to their graduation but asked me to be a guest speaker. It was a fabulous evening. I cannot recommend Imagine You Can highly enough and hope they will continue as an NCS provider for many years to come.
I am writing to you to give my continued support delivering your excellent National Citizen Service projects in Redcar & East Cleveland. I have seen first-hand the quality of your projects over the last 18 months since I became the Elected Mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority. As you know I am very supportive of small and large businesses alongside community groups in our area and seeing the way your projects develop our future generation in public speaking, confidence building and the world of work is a real inspiration. The many Social Action projects your students have delivered in our area is truly outstanding along with the media coverage. Also, as well as delivering the numerous projects the amount of funding your students raised for excellent causes last summer 2018 of over £10,000 just shows the talent and motivation of the young people in our area due to being involved with NCS. Simon Clarke MP and I were particularly impressed with your attention to detail and the great experience and skills your company gives the students which was very noticeable at your celebration events. We were also impressed with the number of quality businesses, local councillors and community groups in attendance along with parents. I look forward to supporting your NCS projects in 2019 and hope you will continue as an NCS provider for many years to come.
For the BBC documentary The Mighty Redcar we wanted to find a young person and give them the chance to be the narrator. Everyone we spoke to recommended Imagine You Can NCS to find young people who were confident and passionate about their area. We met Madison and she told us about her work with Imagine You Can. We thought she was brilliant, and it was clear that the work the NCS had done with her and given her a special kind of confidence I rarely see in my job with people of her age. I can't thank Dave enough for helping us and I think what we've achieved is giving a young person the chance to talk about her area in a way which shows the realities but also shows how proud they are of it too.
I wanted to drop you a line to say what a wonderful experience SABIC UK have had working with Imagine You Can for the Redcar & East Cleveland NCS programme again this year. Dave and the team are so professional, engaging and proactive, I know that the young people taking part in the project benefit immensely from your incredible input. One of our employees' daughters took part this year, and the feedback received has been tremendous. With your excellent communication and networking skills, you manage to pull together a really meaningful and interesting programme. It is also extremely evident how much you care about career opportunities and possibilities for the young people on your course. I really do think that this must be the best NCS programme currently being held in the UK. SABIC would most definitely like to be involved again next year and I can confirm that we would also like to sponsor all four of the social action projects again in 2019. I cannot thank you enough for giving so many young people in this part of our region such a brilliant and possibly life-changing experience. I hope that you will be leading the NCS programme for Redcar & East Cleveland for many years to come.