Parents interested in seeing their teenager build confidence, make new friends and develop important life skills are being encouraged to get their children to sign up for the National Citizen Service (NCS) Autumn 2015 programme before it’s too late.
Starting on October 23, the first day of half term, autumn’s programme will include a four-day stay at an outdoor adventure centre.
The young people will be able to take part in activities like rock-climbing and archery at the centre.
Those who sign up will be given three days working with local businesses to improve their employability skills.
Finally, the young citizens will take part in a social action project during which teens will give back to their communities by volunteering and fundraising.
Due to government funding, the programme costs no more than £35 including all activities, food, transport and three nights of accommodation.
Bursaries are available on a case-by-case basis and support can be provided for young people with additional needs.
Phil Everett, Communications Manager for NCS EM1, said: “There’s just one month left to go until the start of our autumn programme, so any parents that want to see their teen take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience should register interest before it’s too late.
“There’s really no better way to spend £35 this October.
“A two-hour family trip to the cinema can cost more than it does for teens to spend four days away from home.
“ When they sign up they’ll be making new friends, taking part in brilliant new challenges and building vital skills such as confidence, the ability to work effectively in teams, communication and leadership.”
NCS is a flagship government initiative for 16 and 17 year-olds designed to support their transition to adulthood.
Phil added: “Places are quickly filling, but we still have a few spaces left for October.
Parents who would like to register an interest or sign up their children can do so by visiting the website www.ncsem1.org.uk.
For more information or to sign up, those interested should contact Phil Everett on 01522 574152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further details can be found on Facebook.com/ncsem1 and ncsem1.org.uk.