Sixteen enthusiastic teenagers have just spent most of their summer holidays volunteering in a National Citizen Service programme, to learn more about how they can take social action on issues such as dementia.

The ‘Odd Ones Out’ as they affectionally named themselves, took on a range of activities over 4 weeks. During their third week they were given the task of finding a cause to take ‘social action’ on. They unanimously chose dementia to raise both awareness and funds for.

The youngsters cleverly designed a ‘survival BRACElet’ to sell and help educate the public about the need for dementia research. The bracelet made from paracord, used a cobra weave to create the intricate design. The BRACElet can be easily unravelled, to a long piece of cord, to signify going from a ‘short life’ to a ‘longer life,’ to represent the aim of finding a cure for dementia.

The ‘Odd Ones Out,’ also arranged a series of fundraising activities that they were able to cram into their final week!

On the Monday they walked from UWE to Severn Beach and back, a whopping 19 miles, followed by a pub quiz fundraiser. Wednesday saw the group hosting a bake sale at UWE with homemade cakes. Finally, on Thursday they ran a stall at the popular city centre St Nicholas Market in Bristol where they sold the survival BRACElets, more homemade cakes and handed out leaflets.

NCS team leader and UWE student, Will Burnell said

The project was a huge success as we spoke to so many different people and learnt so much. We hope we taught people about this degenerative disease, but we also built more friendships and learnt new skills. We raised over £600 and built a close-knit team with an experience that will never be forgotten!

A huge thank you, to NCS team leaders Will Burnell and AJ Leef, and all of the teenagers for their commitment to dementia research. Your positive and proactive approach will get you far in life and we are very grateful that on this occasion we are the beneficiaries of your social action.