Fifteen kind-hearted local teenagers joined forces to help maintain the historically-important centre and celebrate National Citizen Service’s (NCS) Action Day.
NCS is the UK's flagship youth empowerment programme. It gives all 16-17 year-olds across the country the opportunity to learn outward bound skills, develop tools for independent living and work, and give something back to their local communities by devising social action projects.
Kiran Singh Jolly, 17 and from Bushey, spent time at Lincolnsfields during his NCS programme in 2015 and has since been back on a number of occasions to help maintain, and enjoy, the centre and its grounds. When the opportunity came up to organise a team for NCS Action Day, Kiran jumped at the chance and offered the centre some much-needed help.
"I had such a great experience doing some of my NCS programme at Lincolnsfields that I wanted to help keep it maintained and accessible for everyone else," explains Kiran, an A-level student at Parmiter's School in Watford. "NCS is such fun, and so inexpensive to do, that it only seems right to give something back to the local community as part of it."
NCS Action Day, supported by Santander, is a celebration of the huge difference young people can make to their local communities. Last year alone, NCS participants dedicated more than 2.3 million hours to social action projects.
The Lincolnsfields Children's Centre is a registered children's charity providing opportunities for children, young people and adults, many with special needs. Located on what was originally the site of Bushey Hall, the centre boasts acres of woodland and is a unique Second World War heritage site.
Rachel Collins, Lincolnsfields' children's services manager said: "We're largely volunteer run and so can struggle to keep the grounds fully accessible, especially with Storm Doris's recent visit!
"The NCS team helped clear grounds, make mini-beast piles and cleared ivy off the trees. It was great to have such a big team of hardworking, willing teenagers here for the day."
The volunteering at Lincolnsfields was similarly matched by NCS participants across the country, all undertaking social action projects for local good causes.