Teenage NCS volunteers visit Norwood’s Buckets and Spades after raising more than £1,000 through series of fundraising activities 21 August 2017 Press Release Nine young people from the National Citizen Service (NCS) visited Norwood’s Bucket and Spades children’s service in East Finchley on Wednesday 16 August, working hard on the garden with equipment paid for by a series of previous fundraising activities. They had already raised over £1,000 for Norwood through individual sponsored walks, as well as from talking about Norwood and its services at local churches and community centres. They used some of the money to buy some compost, plants and planters for the front garden at Buckets and Spades. The rest of it will be donated to Norwood to help with the running of wider services. Other fundraising activities organised by the NCS volunteers include a family fun day in the local community for children, with arts and craft including face painting, cake baking and nail art. The volunteers cut back all the bushes, weeded and swept, planted two big plants and two hanging baskets and then painted some beautiful stones to decorate the garden with. The children who use the Buckets and Spades service came out to meet them and check on the progress. Annette Shimoni, the home manager at Buckets and Spades, said: “Thank you to the wonderful team that made our front garden look so pretty. I particularly loved the frog in the pot by the front door and all the colourful new flowers, and I thought the painted stones were such a good idea. They obviously all worked really hard, so once again a big thank you to everyone”. Further information For further information please contact Norwood press team: By email: firstname.lastname@example.org By phone: 020 8420 6866 or 07736 458532 More images are available upon request About Norwood Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities. Founded in 1795, Norwood is one of the UK’s oldest charities and the only Jewish charity to enjoy the Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen. It helps children and adults to maximise their potential at home, at school and throughout their lives, through personalised services designed to enable choice. About National Citizen Service The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a UK Government voluntary personal and social development programme for 15–17 year olds in England and Northern Ireland, funded largely by government money. It was formally announced in 2010 by Prime Minister David Cameron as part of the Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition government’s Big Society initiative, and it was launched in 2011. After the 2015 general election, the programme was continued under the Conservative government. In October 2016 Cameron, who had resigned as Prime Minister, became chairman of the NCS Trust’s patrons’ board. The scheme was made permanent through the National Citizen Service Act 2017.