Rotherham United Community Trust began the start up of our Youth Forum again September 2022 following the closure of our NCS Changemakers group, the young people we worked with still wanted a chance to make a difference.
At the start of this year’s programme and at our first youth forum meeting, our group showed a keen interest in doing something big around protect the planet. Previously we have done, local litter picks, climate change workshops, school support and worked closely with RUFC to re-home and donate unwanted kit and equipment.
With our group being youth led and wanting a challenge they took the decision to enquire about a potential humanitarian aid visit to Ghana, Africa. The aim of the visit is to understand a country like Ghana, look at the environmental and sustainability issues they face and provide progressive opportunities for youth forum members to coach, plan a trip, fundraise, money manage and enhance their CV’s/volunteering prospects.
With the idea in mind and a fundraising target of £20,000. The group got to work with community quiz’s and environmental fashion shows, all whilst using protect the planet challenge ideas and concepts to guide their fundraising plans. The group has currently raised just under £13,000 with the finish line in sight.
In October 8 young people and 4 staff will spend 10 days working with Ghanian young people and communities who cannot access an education due to lack of availability and finances. The social impact and value it will have on the young people that participate in this trip is unmeasurable at this moment in time, although recent reflection and youth forum meetings already show a clear appreciation for their current environment and a self-worth. For the past year, this project has been embedded into young peoples lives, and created an opportunity for individuals to further understand the big wide world and the planet we are trying to protect.
The young people have been part of and planned countless fundraisers to achieve the amount they have so far. They were part of Ferham Festival, held weekly quizzes, sponsored walks that saw them walk a combined 335 miles and carried out their own individual fundraisers. Staff have also been hard at work delivering African Dance Day’s in primary schools across Rotherham where the students have learnt African Dance and the history of Arthur Wharton who is from Ghana.
We are approaching the FINAL push of fundraising and we have £5,900 left to fundraise, if there is any support you can give to make this happen for these young people please reach out, any support or donations would be greatly appreciated.
NCS Project Lead
Number: 01709 827767