In July the National Citizenship Service (NCS) were hard at work in the Cube Gardens building a fire pit to enhance the front gardens. NCS is a unique programme for 15-17 year olds, focused around fun and discovery, including a commitment to a community project that benefits both young people and society. On this government backed programme, participants build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and adventures, making new friends, and contributing to their community. The group chose their project at the Cube gardens where they designed and constructed the Fire Pit project – in soaring summer temperatures, under the direction of Vivian Yeung- a student at Birmingham University.
The team of teenagers named themselves the Orange Tree to raise awareness for teenage mental health. Orange and green are the colours for self-harm and mental health awareness respectively – and the growth of the tree signifies the growing awareness of mental health in the community. The Orange Tree group talked to Positive Thoughts charity which deals with mental health in adults, and realised there was a gap in awareness of teenage mental health issues.
The Orange Tree also put on assemblies at primary schools in Malvern and have painted a mural at one of the Malvern schools.
Impressively they fundraised for money for materials by putting on a Bake Sale at the Cube Market and an ingenious car wash scheme whereby you could text the team to come and wash your car at home!
A really excellent scheme professionally delivered – with the help of Caretaker Neil Angell who supervised the ground works.