Connor Caps Music Festival With Citizen Community Award

South Cheshire CollegeAn enterprising South Cheshire College student has been recognised for his services to the community through a national initiative.

Connor Brackenridge received a certificate from the National Citizen Service for helping to bring a music festival to fruition last summer.

The 17-year-old was part of a twelve man team who organised the ‘Ferret Fest’ event in September which raised £1,271 for the Georgia Williams Trust.

His team were announced as regional winners for the most outstanding National Citizen Service team project at a vInspired awards ceremony at London’s 02 arena in March.

Georgia was murdered in Wellington, Shropshire in May last year and thousands of people have supported the trust which was set up in her memory.

Music lovers flocked to Ferret Fest, which took place in Bowring Park, Wellington, for an action packed day of music and activities featuring top music bands.

The organising group were given a small government grant to help fund some of the festival activities and Connor was involved in all the planning of the event and ensuring that everything ran smoothly on the day.

Connor Brackenridge, 17, with his vInspired certificates.

Connor Brackenridge, 17, with his vInspired certificates.

Connor, who is part way through a BTEC Level 3 Applied Science course at South Cheshire College, signed up for the National Citizen Service last year.

He attended a week’s residential course to learn more about the programme before getting stuck into organising the Ferret Fest event.

The National Citizen Service is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England and helps to build their skills for work and life and gives them the chance to take on new challenges and meet new friends.

It runs in the spring and autumn and gives participants the chance to take part in team projects which will benefit their community.

Young people develop a social action project to deal with a local issue they are passionate about and spend 30 hours putting the project into action.

Connor, a former Sir John Talbot’s School pupil, was joined by hundreds of volunteers from across the nation at the vInspired awards ceremony.

The vInspired charity connects young people with a whole range of volunteering opportunities.

Connor, of Whitchurch, said:
“Being part of the National Citizen Service has been a great experience for me and helping out with an event like Ferret Fest gave me the chance to get involved with a big community project on my doorstep.

The whole event was really rewarding and it was great to be able to raise so much money for the Georgia Williams Trust.

I’ve learnt new skills throughout the programme and it has been a great way to help others and do something different outside college.”

Nicky Evans, Connor’s Personal Development Tutor at South Cheshire College, added:
“We are very proud of Connor because he is a shining example of a student doing something different in the community to raise money for a worthy cause.”

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