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Posted on: December 13th 2018
Section: Member news

It’s been the success story of the summer – how a group of teenagers from Exeter have boosted foodbank donations across the country.


The young people were taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS), a programme which is delivered in Exeter by CITY Community Trust, when they devised a scheme with Sainsbury’s which went on to be rolled out in stores across the country.


As part of the NCS programme the groups deliver social action projects in the city, which is when one of this year’s groups came up with the Foodbank idea. All the social action projects are judged ‘Dragons’ Den’ style by groups of local business people. And organisers are already on the hunt for next year’s dragons.


Stacey Hedge, Business Development Manager for CITY Community Trust, said: ‘There are a limited number of dragon places available, so it would be great if people can sign up or nominate a business to take part in next summer’s Dragons’ Den, or talk to us about other ways they can support our work.’


CITY Community Trust is Exeter’s leading health and wellbeing charity. It works in partnership with Exeter City Football Club and provides a range of activities to people of all ages, focused on health, education, wellbeing and physical activity.


NCS is a personal and social development programme for 15 to17-year-olds to help create a more engaged society. The young people take part in four-week programme which includes two weeks of residential activities followed by presenting and actioning a social project.


Contact Stacey on or call 07977 863 694.


For more information about NCS visit

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