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The National Citizen Service (NCS) is all about helping young people get ahead in life – learning some fantastic new skills, meeting some amazing new people and finding out how to make a real difference in the local community. Sutherland House School students attended a week long programme at Portland College.

Portland College’s programmes are fully inclusive, tailored specifically for young people with disabilities, learning difficulties and additional support needs. The sessions during the week were varied and each day there were a range of different activities for the group to participate in. Each day the group completed their NCS Reflection journals and were able to relax in the student bar lounge, eat their food and talk with their new friends. The two students from Sutherland House School communicated positively with students from Portland College, Derrymount and Foxwood schools.


Introductions and ice breaker games. Followed by a map finding activity around the Portland campus. In the afternoon Outdoor woodland activities, on-site in the Sherwood Forest campus. The group learnt how to make fire, collect wood and toast marshmallows


In the morning the group participated in an outdoor climbing session on the new wall at Portland college. A qualified instructor helped the students climb up and abseil down the purpose built wall. In the afternoon the students collected a range of leaves outside and made a wonderful leave collage celebrating NCS 2019.


The students participated in the Next Step workshops discussing independence skills, team work and positive attributes of an employee. Three groups were formed with each group presenting their business ideas for running a café.


In the morning the group went to the Winter Wonderland in Nottingham City Centre and had a fantastic time at the Ice Bar and enjoyed a drink after the wonderful and cold experience. In the afternoon we went to Portland college and the students started researching, in groups, the volunteer social enterprise project.


The students started to make their social enterprise project and completed this in the afternoon. The projects were making bird feeders and a bug hotel in the local area of Sherwood Forest next to the college.

Massive congratulations to the Sutherland House Students who attended this programme, who are the second group of students to successfully graduate from Sutherland House School with a 100% attendance record and the NCS award. The NCS award is a fantastic addition to any CV or resume and is recognised nationally as an endorsement of hard work, resilience and community action.

The final phase of the NCS programme will be the Graduation where the young people in the group get to celebrate their NCS achievements and meet back with all their new friends they have made whilst on the programme. The NCS Graduation Night/ceremony is TBC in January 2020.