My name is Cllr Alec Brown and I would like to take the time to acknowledge the fantastic results that Imagine You Can (NCS) are achieving in both my ward and across the borough of Redcar & Cleveland. Last year Dormanstown JFC and I where fortuitous to have Imagine You Can agree to a meeting at the junior football club. The young people made a decision from a number of potential social action projects that they would help Dormanstown JFC to the delight of all the kids at the club, the volunteers, the committee and me. The positivity the social action project created around the club was staggering, with the community turning up in force to celebrate the achievements at the clubhouse, on a fun day also arranged by the young people of Imagine You Can. It is my pleasure to be working with Imagine You Can again as they are highlighting the environmental enhancements achieved by local community group, The Friends of Redcar. The positivity and motivation the young people inject into the borough of Redcar & Cleveland cannot be underestimated and long may it continue. It is with great anticipation that I foresee working with Imagine You Can for many years to come for the enhancement of the borough and my ward of Dormanstown.
As an MP I strongly supported the government's introduction of the National Citizen Service. My high expectations were exceeded when I saw the work done in our local area by Imagine You Can (IYC). I was a frequent visitor to their activities, observing, speaking to the young people, coaching them in media activities, helping with a Ministerial visit and attending presentation evenings. To see the transformation achieved in a few short weeks was truly inspiring. I remember asking one young attendee what their parents thought. "Where's my child gone" was the response. NCS is needed in our area more than most. Developing our young people into confident young adults able to successfully access community leadership and employment opportunities is vital for the future. I can't imagine any organisation achieving this better than IYC and I'm not surprised their work is nationally recognised. I hope they can continue with the contract for as long as they are able. I am happy to speak further on this.
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.
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.
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.