My Unstoppable Moment – NCS Grad, Tom
NCS grad Tom tells us all about his NCS experience and why his social action project was so important to him.
This year has been an amazing in terms of the amount of social action achieved by every single young person on the NCS programme. My unstoppable moment has to have been when I organised a charity concert for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.
At the age of fifteen I lost my father to suicide. He had suffered from poor mental health and lost his battle. I felt broken, but knew I wanted to make a difference – to be able to directly help someone’s mental health.
Whilst working with NCS I was put into contact with Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, the mental health charity. The work this charity was doing was exactly what I wished I could do. But they are a charity and wouldn’t be able to run their services without donations.
So earlier this year, I started planning one of the biggest fundraising events I had done in my life, a charity concert. I contacted local singing groups who helped me to find a venue and people who would perform. On 24th February the concert began. I felt emotional to sit and watch so many young people singing their hearts out and knowing they had all chosen to do it to help raise awareness and money for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind.
I am pleased to say this particular event raised £500 for Coventry and Warwickshire Mind. This money was used to create and build a sensory garden, a place where people can go and have something to do, to keep their mind at peace.
I am no hero, but with the help of NCS I have helped others, and you can also help out your community. Mental health is improving thanks to everyone’s donations and that is why this was my unstoppable moment of 2018.