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Bishop Auckland teens combat food poverty

Students from Bishop Auckland College have been out in force in the community combating food poverty.

This autumn teenagers from Bishop Auckland College have been out in force in the community combating food poverty.

Bishop Auckland College teamed up with NCS (National Citizen Service), enabling students to create their own volunteering projects in the local area while also learning new skills and boosting their CVs.

A team from the College’s Criminology and Public Services course have recently completed their NCS experience. After researching the needs of the local food bank and seeing the issue of food poverty highlighted as a national issue, they decided to make their mark locally in Bishop Auckland. 

Abiding to the government’s Covid-19 guidelines, the team embarked on a sponsored walk around the town, but instead of asking for monetary donations they requested food donations and delivered them to a local food bank at the end of their trip. 


Kiera McBride, a Level 3 Criminology and Public Services student at the college, said: “We wanted to directly combat food poverty in Bishop Auckland as we know how many families are struggling during the pandemic. The experience of working on a project with NCS has made me more aware of what is happening in the world and conscious of how I can help my local community. I’ve also gained skills that will help boost my job prospects and look great on a personal statement”.

 Rachel Thompson, Criminology and Public Services tutor at the college, said: “Each year our students enjoy working with NCS and really get a lot out of the process. They develop their teamwork, leadership and organisational skills, which are great transferable skills for whatever they decide to do after college. We want our students to be responsible and socially aware, and NCS really helps them develop that awareness”. 

Later this term, more students from Bishop Auckland College will have the opportunity to make a difference in their local communities by completing NCS as part of their studies. 

Since NCS was founded, more than 600,000 young people have been on an NCS programme, contributing to 14.5 million hours of volunteering. 

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