NCS is a three-phased flagship programme that aims to promote a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society and this is accomplished by mixing participants of varying backgrounds, helping them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility.

As part of the final phase, participants were required to conduct a social action project for a Bristol-based charity of their choice, with one of the groups choosing to support the work of The 16-25 Independent People.

This particular charity supports young homeless people and looks to assist them in improving their quality of life by finding them safe and secure accommodation.

To help raise awareness and funds for the charity, the Trust’s students completed a 12-hour sponsored sleep outside Ashton Gate Stadium, with all donations going towards Indykits.

Indykits, part of The 16-25 Independent People, focus on the production of starter kits specific to young individuals on the streets, which moves them into accommodation, whilst providing them with other essentials, including bedding, crockery and cooking equipment.

Speaking of the projects, the Trust’s students said: “We chose to raise money for The 16-25 Young People charity because their presentation had the biggest impact on us.

“We opted to take part in a sleep out so we could experience first-hand what it is like to sleep in testing conditions.

“It was an eye opening experience and our appreciation for this charity has grown considerably. We would encourage as many people as possible to make a donation to this worthwhile charity because their support is crucial to helping young people in need.

“We are delighted to have completed the sleep out and are proud of our efforts. Any donations would be greatly appreciated, people it is so important we do everything we can to get youngsters off the streets, particularly at Christmas.”

To support the work of The 16-25 Independent People and the Trust’s sponsored sleep out, please click here.