Cambridgeshire Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind) were delighted when an NCS group in Cambridge chose them for their social action project, raising £668 through a number of activities including a sponsored sleep out and a live music gig.
National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government funded project which helps young people develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. As part of the programme, participants develop a social action project to help a local cause they are passionate about. They then spend a couple of weeks planning and delivering a number of fundraising activities to support their charity of choice, as well as raising awareness of its key messages to the local public.
This group of 17 young people all felt very passionate about homelessness and mental health. They therefore chose CPSL Mind to support, being the local mental health charity for Cambridgeshire.
To raise the money they organised a sponsored 18 hour sleep out at Grafham Water Centre, and they organised a live gig at CB2 Bistro in Norfolk, which featured four different acts. In addition to the fundraising events, this brave group also went out and shared with the public the work of CPSL Mind. As well as raising money, they wanted to raise awareness of how important the issue of mental health is and how we need to reduce the stigma and discrimination faced by so many who are coping with mental health conditions.
Kim Sewell (Team Leader for NCS Cambridge, Wave 4, Team 1) said, “I was truly impressed with how hard the team worked. This whole project involved organising, communicating, working as a team and ultimately delivering events which raised money. It was wonderful to watch their confidence grow and to raise £668 in such a short space of time is a fantastic result.”
Zoe Doherty, Fundraiser for CPSL Mind said, “We are very impressed with how hard this group worked. Not only did they raise money but they also understood the importance of raising awareness of the subject of mental health. A huge thank you to everyone who was involved.”