Jake (right) and his group decided carers were heroes and set up the Recognise campaign

A local teenager has helped launch a campaign to support nurses and carers as part of a national programme which promotes good citizenship.

Jake Johnson, 16, from Kings Norton, signed up for the The Challenge after completing his GCSEs at Colmers School early this summer.

The Challenge is the biggest provider of the National Citizen Service (NCS) in the UK. NCS is a government-funded initiative that supports community engagement, social action and social mixing among young people.

The Challenge provides a 3 part programme for all young people aged 15-17 who choose to take part: A residential outdoor activity week, a skills gaining exercise and chance to devise a project to make a difference.

Jake first spent a week in the Lake District with other teens from across the West Midlands, getting to know each other and taking part in outdoor activities, including hiking, rock climbing, high ropes and more.

His group then spent a week at Amberley Court Care Home in Edgbaston, learning about the work they do with adults with physical disabilities. Jake spent 3 days at the home, talking to the residents, playing games and helping with activities.

It was after their time spent in the nursing home that Jake, and the 8 other young people in his group, decided to launch a campaign to help relieve the pressure on carers.

Jake said: “Amberley Court is a private care home so they have the best of everything, but it was clear to see that the staff were under a lot of pressure.”

The time spent at Amberley Court impressed upon the group that “Capes do not always define a hero…” and they wanted to do something to help.

“Our campaign is to Recognise Nurses and Carers in homes or at care homes. We aim to relieve nurses and carers by encouraging volunteers to spend a little time in a home in Birmingham to take some stress off full time carers.” Jake said.

You can follow the Recognise  campaign on Facebook and Instagram: Recognise_NCS

Well done to Jake and all the other young people who took part. If you’re a young person or parent / guardian, and you want to find out more about the programme, visit The Challenge website




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