NCS & Wayne Hemingway Discuss What's Next For Young People


On Sunday 24th Sept, graduates from National Citizen Service will be joining Wayne Hemingway MBE at Redcar’s Festival of Thrift to talk frankly about their next steps on route to work and the challenges that lie ahead. The talk will be live streamed on the NCS North East Twitter at 2pm (and later on Facebook).

Joining NCS social action ambassador Wayne will be NCS graduates Matthew Hiser, 19, who took on an apprenticeship route with Cummins Engineering in Darlington and Saskia Rak, 17, who is planning to study law/politics at university and is keeping an open mind on her future career. 18 year old George Hobley will complete the panel; George is interested in a career working with offenders.


The Festival of Thrift boasts a big weekend of activities for all of the family. Showing you how to save money, be environmentally savvy and live a rich and creative life, a number of workshops and activities offer thrift tips, tricks and advice.

Since 2016 Wayne Hemingway has been an NCS North East Ambassador. He said,

“It makes sense for me to join as NCS North East’s social action ambassador as we have a shared passion for volunteering opportunities for young people, and empowering community social action. I’m looking forward to sharing advice and expertise with the next generation of thrifty entrepreneurs.”

17 year old Scott Mann, from Guisborough, interviewed Wayne at last year’s Festival of Thrift Festival.

“It was brilliant to interview Wayne at last year’s Festival. The event itself was really well organised and interesting and when NCS asked me if I’d like to interview Wayne I jumped at the opportunity”

said Scott, a student at Nunthorpe Academy:

“I was so impressed by Wayne’s confidence – he put me at ease because for me this was the first time I’d been in front of camera leading an interview – and his answers to each question were so well thought out; each answer carried a powerful message.

“Wayne’s advice for social action ideas really struck a chord. He said that it’s best to look at projects close to you, so that you are able to see the impact locally. Or, if a charity or organisation has helped you in the past, give something back to them. I thought this was really important.

“I think future NCS participants should take note of this advice when planning their social action projects.

“The other topic that Wayne touched upon was around DIY entrepreneurialism – so his idea was, if you have a new idea, just go for it. Wayne did this in his early career, and the point is, just go for every opportunity because you’ll never know what will happen if you don’t take each chance.

“A year on, these two points have stuck with me. This summer I have actually been working on the NCS programme as an assistant team leader, and I’ve been using Wayne’s advice with the young people in my team.”

The Festival of Thrift takes place on 23 & 23 September at Kirkleatham Hall in Redcar. Entry is free.

Wayne Hemingway's talk with NCS grads, in partnership with National Citizen Service (NCS), by V•Inspired and National Youth Agency (NYA), takes place at 2pm on Sunday 24th Sept at Festival of Thrift.

Watch it live on the NCS North East Twitter!