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Roxie Hickling – NCS Project Officer

Roxie-Hickling-500My name’s Roxie, I joined FITC in January 2017. I’ve lived in Nottingham all my life, attending school in Gedling, I went on to study Aviation Operations at New College Nottingham. I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my life and the penny dropped when, in 2012, I chose to go volunteer in India for 3 months within a marginalised indigenous community. My focus was around the holistic development of the children and young people within this community. I then went on to work for an international development charity based in Leicester for 3 years, working on their youth volunteering programme. This is where my passion for working with young people and ensuring they had the best start in life regardless of background or circumstances was truly ignited.

NCS is a fantastic programme and I only wish it was delivered 10 years ago when I was in school! It bridges that awkward gap between leaving education and entering the working world, allowing young people to build on the life skills they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to in a formal learning environment.

My other passion lies in mental health, I’m a Champion for “Time to Change”, a nationwide anti-stigma campaign led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and I’m currently working towards putting them on the map in Nottingham!