Hundreds of youngsters from across Northamptonshire will have spent a combined total of 12,000 hours this summer implementing nearly 50 community projects as part of a national voluntary programme.
National Citizen Service, a flagship Government initiative, provides 16 and 17-year-olds with a chance to take part in new challenges, experience exciting activities, make new friends, and develop vital skills that will benefit them throughout life.
As part of the scheme, the teenagers have been helping the community. Projects have included putting on a pantomime at Shire Lodge in Corby, renovating Barton Seagrave Community Centre and spending time at Harmony Care and the Daylight Centre in Wellingborough.
Lydia Clipston, a 17-year old from Kettering, who has been working on the project in Barton Seagrave, said: “One of the things I really enjoyed about our social action project was learning all of the skills needed to complete it, like planning, painting and fundraising. “It’s also been great to see how the centre’s changed from when we started and support we’ve received from the community.
“The inside of the centre was a bit rundown and had a dark colour scheme when we started, so we wanted to brighten it and make it look nice so that more people in the community use it.”