Award for ‘inspirational’ teen volunteers

NCS Caistor
NCS Caistor

A group of young volunteers from Caistor have beaten off competition from around the East Midlands to win an award for their excellent work.

The five teenagers, who are part of NCS (National Citizen Service) Caistor, have won the ‘most outstanding NCS team’ title at the regional heat of the vInspired awards.

The awards celebrate the achievements and dedication of young volunteers.

And judges were impressed with how the young people from Caistor worked tirelessly to revamp the overgrown gardens of the town’s Greenacres care home.

Olivia Sowerby, James Edmondson-Jones, Rhys Williams, Jessica Wilks and Thulego Shilling took on the mammoth job of transforming the grounds so residents were able to see the beautiful view from the window of their home.

They removed large hedgerows, pruned trees, cleaned ponds, pressure washed the patio and created a paved area.

And they raised money to by plants and materials by holding a cake and craft sale.

Caistor youth worker Bethany Hudson said: “It’s such an honour for the team to be presented with this award.

“They don’t volunteer for recognition, helping people is enough motivation. But it’s great to know that people appreciate what they do.”

vInspired CEO Terry Ryall said: “NCS Caistor are a complete inspiration.

“As a regional winner in the most outstanding NCS team category you need to demonstrate a complete dedication to volunteering and show how you have built positive relationships, brought people from diverse backgrounds together and strengthened communities.

“NCS Caistor have done all this and more and should be immensely proud of their achievements.”

The winner of the national ‘most outstanding NCS team’ title will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on March 27.