The first wave of the Huddersfield Town Foundation’s Summer National Citizen Service (NCS) programme has come to an end, with more than 60 young people enjoying a range of fun activities!

Dewsbury MP Mark Eastwood also dropped by to learn more about the 16-19 year olds’ social action projects and answer questions.

Much of the programme was based at Kirklees College’s Springfield Sixth Form Centre, with a range of guest speakers delivering engaging workshops.

This included Loudspeaker, who spoke to participants about public speaking, the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), Kirklees Democracy Commission, Electoral Services Kirklees and the Jo Cox Foundation.

The young people also spent a day at Fanwood Activity Centre in Cleckheaton where they took on archery, caving, crate stacking and other games.

The second week of the programme involved planning and executing a social action project within the local community. Examples included designing artwork and doing a bucket collection in Dewsbury town centre for the local Cancer Research UK shop.

Mark Eastwood spoke to them about their ideas and offered advice of his own, before answering questions on his career in politics, his aims for Dewsbury and the impact of NCS.

To round off the two weeks, participants and staff held a celebration evening in the Fantastic Media Suite at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Town Foundation’s second NCS programme is set to begin on Monday 02 August and run for three weeks, giving 90 more young people a summer to remember.

Its staff team is also likely to deliver another programme in the North Kirklees (Batley, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike etc) area later in the year.

Should you wish to be kept up to date with these plans, please contact NCS Manager Chris Taylor-Hedley via email: You can also follow the latest updates on the national programme at