Northampton young citizens' community service transforms playground

A dozen dedicated Northamptonshire teenagers have brought a new lease of life to a playground in Northampton as part of their social action project for National Citizen Service (NCS), this summer.

The group wanted their social action project to make a difference in the local community and focused on updating the Rectory Farm Community Centre playground.

Members secured free materials for the renovation and also placed a plaque in the playground to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease – a cause close to their hearts for which the team raised more than £200 through bucket collections.

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The 12 teenagers are amongst more than 1,500 Northamptonshire young people who volunteered for 47,000 hours.

Hannah Porter, 16, from Northampton was part of the group which worked on the Rectory Farm Community Centre playground project.

She said: “We have all acquired a new set of skills and mindset with which to use them, as a result, our NCS experience can be described as nothing but completely exhilarating and meaningful - the smiles of the children made it all worthwhile for the team and we all feel truly proud.”

To sign up to the NCS programme visit or call 01522 574101.