Tis the season for gift giving! What gift would you give a young person?

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As 2016 comes to an end and we prepare for the holidays, the UFA, NCS and Top Tutors teams have been reflecting on the gifts and experience they would give to every young person. Forget the latest i-Phone or Alton Towers tickets, these presents are what we believe are the very best things to give young people.


Take every opportunity, you never know who you will meet along the way and where it will lead you!

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. – Unknown

Dave Coyle, Project Manager NCS Suffolk

Being able to value and love themselves for their unique contribution to the world

Gratitude – being able to count their blessings add see their own lives in perspective with the many less fortunate

The ability to reflect and recover from difficult experiences

Lula Garner National Development Manager

Worthiness- They are most definitely worth it!! I would want them to feel it and believe it.

Respect- How it makes you feel, why it’s important!

A hug……sometimes that’s all you need

Tracey Finnimore Business Manager Top Tutors

A sense of adventure, the confidence to take the first step and the knowledge you have people to support you if it all goes wrong and to cheer you on if it goes well.

Jenni Fryer UFA


A passion for something – something that they love to do or be involved in. Found by having lots of different opportunities in life.

At least one significant adult in their life who loves them unconditionally.

Jan Polack, National Development Manager

Positivity: Not matter how tough the situation is, how hard your life is .. Just be positive and rock it!

Nidhi Bains, Top Tutors

The confidence to try new things (Stay away from home, activities etc.).
Persistence (To not give up at the first hurdle).
Optimism (The belief that things will work out).

Carl Lofty, NCS

I’d give them the experience of unconditional positive regard. Something that all children and young adults should have but something which is too often missing for many of them.

Louise Farrell, NCS

The confidence to be themselves (it’s OK to be me).
A sense of hope and optimism for the future.
Drive and ambition to realise their dreams.

Manjit Shellis Director of Learning


Alex Stoenciu, UFA

Not being a sheep.

Rav Bilkhu, NCS

Resilience – the key, as with many things, is to pay attention to the process to try to be reflective and learn about how to cultivate resilience amidst the challenge that requires it.

Sarah Burgess, Director of Learning

Hard work – it makes everything more achievable and maximises all your other characteristics and attributes.

Richard Shaw, Head of NCS

The knowledge that you get back what you put in….in work, relationships and life.

Paul Evans, CEO

Tell us what you think – what would the perfect Christmas gift be?

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