“Returning to YG was a big decision for me to make. As I am starting my Drama PGCE in September, it was important for me to gain some in-school experience. This was invaluable but truth be told, I missed YG and I missed NCS. As much as I needed the school experience, the work YG does with young people is incredible and I missed being part of the amazing NCS team.

“Welcomed back with open arms, it’s been all hands on deck getting everything ready for our biggest NCS delivery to date. It has been so exciting to come back at the height of preparation for NCS and has been so much fun going into schools and seeing all the sign-ups to give them their t-shirts.

“I’ve been busy making up boxes for all of the team leaders this summer to make sure they deliver the best programme to our young people, full of games, instructions, resources and so much more.

“I have also been given the role of social media guru for the organisation. It has been good fun helping all members of the team get to grips with social media and help them to post on all of our social media channels to promote all the good work we are doing – even though some members of the team are now scared of me if they forget to post!

“I cannot wait for the 10th July when the madness of NCS will begin as it means eight weeks of fun in the sun with 450 young people from across Gloucestershire. It is always so nice to see young people meet for the first time and build unique bonds with each other which would never have happened had it not been for NCS.

“It is such an honour to be part of something that makes such a huge difference to young people in the county and as much as I can’t wait to start training to be a teacher in September, I will really miss recruiting for this programme. I will always be grateful for what YG and NCS has taught me and I know it’ll have a massive impact on me as a teacher.”