Huddersfield New College (HNC) student Cain Adams recently held audience with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge via Zoom to discuss volunteering during Volunteers Week.
 
Cain has been volunteering with Conscious Youth, a local community organisation who work to engage and support young people within Kirklees for the past year. Cain has worked with Conscious Youth in a variety of ways, and up until lockdown devoted every Thursday to supporting Kirklees' young people at the Chestnut Centre, where the group is based. One of Cain's projects has been to teach children the game of Chess, helping them to improve cognitive function and develop skills such as critical thinking and patience. Not only has Cain given up his time for this very worthy project, he is also a HNC Ambassador, and has given up several evenings to help guests visiting the College on Open Events. Not even lockdown can stop Cain volunteering his time; hes's currently working on a video for the website of Conscious Youth’s affiliate, Youth Central.
 
Cain was asked by Co-Founders and CEOs Serena and Sophie to take part in this special virtual chat with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge due to his vast volunteering experience and his enthusiam for supporting other young people. Cain spoke to the Duke and Duchess at length about his volunteering experience- and they were particularly keen to know more about how he teaches chess!
 
Cain says "It was a privilege to speak to the Duke and Duchess about volunteering with Conscious Youth. There are many highlights to volunteering your time but this was definitely one of the best ones! I can't wait to get back to working at the Chestnut Centre once the restrictions have been lifted".
 
Kam Rogerson, Assistant Principal, Curriculum and Quality (Vocational) and Wider College Experience commented "Cain absolutely deserves to have his hard work recognised in such a special way by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Cain is just one example of the ways our students at HNC go above and beyond to support their communities, both within College and beyond".