National Citizen Service Summer Social Action 2017

This summer has been abuzz with NCS student social action and activity in support of Threshold.

Waves of teams of 15 and 16 year olds have dedicated part of their summer holidays to creating ‘pure good’ in their own communities.

Cai and I met with each wave of student groups at New College to present and share with them the core work that Threshold undertakes in preventing homelessness in Swindon. This ground work resulted in numerous teams selecting Threshold as their charity of choice to raise essential funds and to raise the profile of the work of our charity in our community.

Presentations were made to in excess of 130 College students which then resulted in 67 students becoming Threshold Student Social Action Ambassadors taking on the challenge of working to prevent homelessness in their very own community. They did absolutely brilliantly! Raising in excess of £700 for Threshold in collections and donations – through a range of activities which included:

  • ·         2 x Radio Interviews 105.5FM Swindon Community Radio which garnered further sponsorship and reached a Swindon wide audience
  • ·         Promoted our “Jar for Change Campaign” to local businesses
  • ·         Undertook Cake sales
  • ·         A Car Wash
  • ·         A Sponsored Walk
  • ·         A Day-time Sleep-out and social action in the Town centre
  • ·         Students created a Social Action Vlog
  • ·         Manufactured Badge making with our partners at the GateShop in Havelock Square, and
  • ·         Badge sales and collections at three of our partner venues. We were supported by Morrison’s Regent Circus, Fillerz Café and Swindon Central Library
  • ·         Renovated and painted our HQ Office Reception and Interview Rooms, as well as
  • ·         Painted a large 2m x 2m Mural for our HQ offices
  • ·         Collected Food Donations and
  • ·         Made and donated sandwiches which were presented to our Outreach Team for distribution to rough sleepers and those that were homeless.














It was wonderful to co-collaborate with such committed and passionate young people driven to improve the lives of others. 


Written by Michael Keenan - Business Manager @ Threshold Housing Link - September 2017

Swindon // 1 John Street // SN1 1RT