Youths become a real hit with the residents of Aghnacloy Care Home

Lauren McBrien and Sadie Wilson.''Picture: Philip Magowan
Lauren McBrien and Sadie Wilson.''Picture: Philip Magowan

A team of teenagers came together to dedicate their time to Aughnacloy Care Home in Lurgan with essential work as a part of Action Week, a national event promoted by National Citizen Service (NCS), the UK’s flagship youth programme.

The week is designed to showcase young people’s enthusiasm for creating real positive change in society.

Northern Ireland National Citizen Service (NI NCS) marked Action Week with a range of projects across Northern Ireland as part of a new graduate development initiative to give our graduates the opportunity to continue on their volunteering and social action journey. A number of NI NCS graduates in the Lurgan/Portadown area joined forces with the Regional Youth Board, a group of engaged graduates representing all graduates in NI, to carry out a project that would have a positive impact in the community.

Following a process of discussion and research, the board identified a beneficial opportunity for young people to interact with and support older members of the community, through developing a partnership and project with Aughnacloy House, Lurgan.

On the day the NI NCS graduates had the opportunity to get to know some of the Aughnacloy residents through conversation set against a wide range of activities, including pampering sessions, baking, arts and crafts and a quiz.

The event was a real hit with the residents, with one saying : “This is the best night I have had in the two years I’ve been here, can you all come back next week?”

NCS is an opportunity open to all 15 to 17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland. It is a unique two or three week full-time programme open to all NI teens.