Posted: 12 Aug, 2019

Senior building surveyor at Focus Consultants Darren Booker came to the aid of a local National Citizen Service (NCS) community action group by helping them with their project to clean up a small section of woodland in the community area of Bracebridge Heath, near Lincoln.

The group of young school leavers assisted by two NCS leaders cleared out the brambles to form a new pathway ready to lay stone chippings and then created a small seated area with a bench and planted this up with flowers and other vegetation.

Focus Consultants provided pro-bono services to help with quantifying the material required for a new public footpath that the volunteers were laying, and then organised the supply and delivery of the materials to complete the project, which has been sponsored by Focus.

“My son had undertaken the NCS project when he was 16 and gained so much from his experience, so I was only too happy to help when a friend and mutual Bassingham Scout leader, Elliott Doody, who is also one of the NCS leaders, came to me for advice,” said Darren Booker.

“It’s such a worthy cause, which gives so much to the young people, who in turn give a little back to the community, so all round it’s a great scheme.”

The National Citizen Service aims to empower young people to change the world around them, making sure they have the right tools, opportunities and respect to do so. The youth organisation helps school-aged students prepare for the next stage in education or work-related learning. Nearly half a million young people have taken part in the scheme since it was launched a decade ago.

The NCS group 8 leaders involved in the Bracebridge Heath project said: “We can’t thank you enough for your help, it has made a big difference to the young people completing their project.”

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