Our NCS Team have begun their first Social Action Week by cleaning up the familiar streets of Derby and switching on the Market Place Fountain.

The Social Action Stage takes place in the 3rd week of their NCS experience; it combines the skills and knowledge learnt in the first two phases, allowing them to deliver their own social action plan, and make a difference in the community.

This year’s young people have kicked-off their social action with a heavy and rewarding challenge of cleaning up the streets of Derby City Centre on Tuesday.

The tasks consisted of slab cleaning, removal of chewing gum, stains, painting street furniture, pruning shrubs, planting flowers/hanging baskets, tidying up planting areas and a basic scrub down.

NCS were amongst teams from Derby City Council’s Street Pride, various Council technical support functions, volunteers from University of Derby, Broomfield College, McDonalds, Greggs, and members of the public.

Mid-afternoon, the volunteers and general public saw the turning on of the Market Place fountain, which was switched off a few years ago. Giving Derby an extra attractive feature to its new sparkling streets!

Derby City Council leader Chris Poutler said:

“I’m looking forward to the whole day, but the culmination of it will be when we switch on the waterfall and the fountain here. As you can see we’ve got dozens and dozens of volunteers. We’re just gonna make the city centre sparkle for the morning and keep it ongoing from there.”

NCS Manager at DCCT Simon Doherty added:

“The clean-up was a great success and a great introduction for our young people into the world of community engagement. They were able to see the process and management of an event with lots of volunteers, which will significantly help the coordination and planning of their own projects taking place later this month.”

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