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NCS Challenge volunteers dig in at Epilepsy Society

Group of teenage volunteers standing outside

Volunteers from the 'NCS Challenge' programme, a nationwide young person's volunteer initiative, rolled up their sleeves to help rejuvenate areas of Epilepsy Society's Chalfont Centre in Buckinghamshire.

The two groups of 15-17 year olds, from local communities, were in charge of project managing and risk assessing two projects. The first was to paint and decorate a new snooker room in the Recreation Hall .The second was to create new sensory stimuli in the garden for the residents of Queen Elizabeth House.

The medical research charity, which is currently celebrating its 125th anniversary, has a team of 40 regular volunteers, aged 16-80. The volunteering placements at the charity include befriending opportunities, activity support, working in the centre’s coffee shop and providing support on the charity's epilepsy specialist helpline.

Group of teenage volunteers standing in freshly painted room

Tim Wright, volunteer coordinator, explains the impact of volunteering at Epilepsy Society: 'The NCS Challenge programme helps build the skills of young people for work and life whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends. Volunteers are able to build friendships with residents at Epilepsy Society which brings them closer to the community and makes a really positive impact on the life of someone who needs it.'