The Penguin Warriors (Social Action)
Amy, Beth, Dominika, Emily, Faye, Graham, Jessica, Kemi, Keya, Manuel, Megan, Mohamed, Patrick, Uje and William
Warriors is no understatement, this group of committed young people from Newcastle have had many set backs, yet they have triumphed, with their community fun day project all set to take place November 4th. This socially active bunch met over summer whist completing the National Citizen Service with Future Foundations. National Citizen Service is carried out by young people and aims to create a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society not forgetting a lot of fun and friendship making along the way.
The Penguin Warriors knew that to make a truly cohesive society their social action could not end when they graduated from NCS. With 14 Penguin Warriors in total, negotiating on an idea for their Keyfund project was the group’s first challenge. For their Keyfund project the group decided on expanding their regeneration work of Walker Park, by holding a community fun day. The warriors hoped this will improve social cohesion, reduce isolation, engage young people, prevent ethnic minorities being segregated and educate people on harms of littering. Sound like a lot to tackle?! Yes, I think so too, but no challenge is too great for the Penguin Warriors. Whilst the Penguin Warriors were busy planning their Keyfund project, disaster struck, the group was told they were not allowed to hold an event in the park. Here the group had to cope with stress, tension and problem solve. The Penguin Warriors developed these skills successfully and adapted their project to take place in a nearby church. The Penguin Warriors have done exceptionally well, and have quoted themselves that ‘we were very upset when we first hard we could not have a fun day in the park, but by remaining positive we solved the problem together’.
After all their hard work, the Penguin Warriors are really looking forward to seeing their Keyfund project become reality on November 4th. The community fun day will feature fire breathers, DJ, zumba, drawing activities as well as food and drink. It is open to all the family, so do bring friends, family and get your self along to share a memorable day with your community.
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