18 August 2016
It’s been an inspiring day for Kate, as she was invited by the JLGB Team to be a ‘Dragon’ on the panel of their National Citizenship Scheme (NCS) Dragon’s Den style pitch day, critiquing the social action plans the volunteer teams had developed.
70 Young people have spent their summer holidays devising projects and now they pitch them to the Dragon’s in a bid to get £1,000 to put their plans into action supporting and highlighting causes like Crisis, WaterAid, Food distribution charity FareShare, and a Brixton-based Soup Kitchen.
Each team told the panel about the volunteering placements they took part in and then what companies they visited to learn about Photography, event management, catering, digital PR and more. These experiences then all lead to them formulate a plan, with expected budget and outcomes of their own to highlight a cause they felt was important.
Kate said the imagination of everyone there was brilliant and the pitches were very professional, the teams had spent time practising and thinking through the detail of how they wanted to make people aware of problems; it made you think afresh about some causes that we get used to hearing about and how we could engage with new audiences – they were really determined and it was exciting to see how the conversations during the pitches and afterwards carried on developing their plans. We can’t wait to see how the projects turn out – well done everyone there!
Read more about this year’s JLGB NCS Graduation day here.