I would like to express my gratitude to you for the great work you are doing with the youth in our Borough. It is so very important that our children understand the benefit of community work on all stages. I have always felt that our schools should have a stand curriculum that includes weekly community work. Whether that is with the elderly and social care or with community groups that deliver art, culture, environmental and horticultural work, all these projects are important at creating pride within our home. That is as valuable as any academic subject and to my mind will also reduce crime and Anti Social Behaviour as well as improve the aesthetic and appearance of the areas we live in. Thank you to the Nation Citizen Service and ImagineYouCan, the students and of course yourself for the effort and organisation and for making us feel so welcomed. Please keep up the great work and continue being diverse in your delivery of projects.

Carl Quartermain, The Friends of Redcar

As you are aware The Junction a local based charity working to make a difference to the lives of children, young people and their families in Redcar and Cleveland and the South Tees area has received excellent support for the Imagine you Can NCS programme and I very much look forward as we continue to work and indeed further develop our partnership. The Junction has directly benefited from a several Social Action projects including Family Fun day events, raising funds for The Junction, decorating our kitchen and young people's areas at our base in Redcar, Making two excellent high quality films to raise awareness of young carers and of the work of The Junction. In addition through working with the young people on several cohorts we have been able to raise awareness of the work we do, reaching more and increased numbers of young people. We have held discussions on mental health and young carers, in particular, hosted NCS visitors to The Junction and I have personally taken great pleasure and pride from being present and presenting at the graduation events. Not to mention coverage in the excellent IYC NCS Times newspapers that reaches many, many households in the area. All in all our relationship with NCS has been and continues to be nothing but positive. But it goes further; I have met a number of people in various networks who have some understand ing of The Junction and what it does because their children have been involved with an NCS project, so in terms of building The Junctions profile your work also helps indirectly. I am looking forward to continuing to work with NCS and in particular to encouraging and supporting some of the children and young people we work with to access the Imagine You Can TV NCS offer in the forthcoming years.

Lawrence McAnelly, The Junction

This is a letter of thanks and appreciation to Dave King and the NCS team from Dormanstown Community Sports and Recreation Group. We have struggled to gain recognition in the area for ages but all this has changed since being introduced to the NCS and Dave. The input from them has gained us lots of publicity but most importantly they have assisted us in renovating our Clubhouse and filming and editing a promotional DVD. We have taken this DVD to the local authority in Redcar along with newspaper clippings from the NCS project. This has resulted in the Local authority giving us an asset transfer on land with a 50 year lease. This now enables us to pursue other projects and more activities. At present we have 5 football teams, a homework club and a youth club; with this extra land we are considering a new club house, running track and other activities. Also due to the publicity from the NCS it has raised our profile in the area and we are getting more people attending and volunteering to help. None of this would have been possible without the input of Dave and his NCS team. On a personal note I am very impressed with the professional approach given to the projects and the enthusiasm of all involved. The standards achieved are first class and sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between the volunteers and the staff which is a credit to their tutors. They all work together as a team and the outcome is always impressive.

Cllr Billy Wells, Dormanstown Sports & Recreation

Roseberry Community Consortium worked in partnership with the Imagine You Can NCS to develop and build a plot to plate project. The Plot to Plate project was to bring to life a derelict allotment site in Middlesbrough to develop it into a growing area for the local community. 52 volunteers from the organisation worked on the site during August 2015 for a week. The Imagine You Can NCS is an excellent scheme; encouraging young people aged 15 to 17 to engage in community projects. The plot to plate project needed a new lease of life. Imagine You Can NCS transformed the derelict site into a vibrant and community garden. A fantastic job has been done. Lots of passion and love have been clearly shown in the project. Roseberry Community Consortium applaud the hard work and efforts of the volunteers. The momentum of the project is growing thanks to their tremendous work.

Roseberry Community Consortium

Just over a year ago Earthbeat, an organisation which provides drama training and performance opportunities for learning disabled adults, moved into its new home – the Earthbeat centre. Before we were able to move into our new home we had a lot of work to do because the building we had acquired, which was an abandoned Victorian school, was in a semi derelict state. We had set ourselves the almost impossible task of converting and renovating the building in just six months. But guess what – we did it. The truth is, we would not have achieved our mini miracle without the help of a great many helpers. Word soon spread about our venture and we were contacted by Dave King, who runs the Imagine You Can NCS programme in our area. He invited me to talk to his students so that I could ask them if they could help in some way. I gave a short presentation to the students and I was blown away by their enthusiasm and willingness to help. They liked the project and agreed to get involved.

Tony Galuidi, Earthbeat

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