More than 700 Northamptonshire teenagers are spending their summer holidays building skills, making new friends and helping out in their communities as part of nationwide programme the National Citizen Service (NCS).
NCS provides those aged 15 to 17 with the opportunity to expand their skill base and prepare for university and future job prospects while experiencing exciting activities, meeting new people and volunteering in their hometowns.
Phil Everett, communications manager for NCS EM1, said: “Everyone on the summer programme is having an amazing time. Not only are they developing valuable life skills to help them in the future, but they’re having fun, taking on new challenges and building lifelong friendships.”
Rosie Watts, 16, from Wellingborough, said: “NCS has been really good so far. I’ve met and got to know so many new people, plus all of the team-building and icebreaker events have been really fun.”
Nathan Banner, also 16 and from Kettering, added: “NCS will definitely help build my confidence, which will help when I start going on job interviews. I also think my teamwork and communications skill will improve, too – something that will look really good on my CV and uni applications.”
During the final stage of the programme NCS participants deliver a social action project – a chance for those taking part to give back to their local communities by developing and carrying out a fundraising or refurbishment project to benefit people in their area.
Nathan said: “I’m really excited for my social action project, too! I’ve also taken part in other volunteer work, but I’m excited to do it again, especially because it will feel good helping people and giving back to my town with the rest of my NCS team.”
Although all of the 2014’s summer programmes have now started, young people can sign up to take part in the NCS EM1 Autumn programme – a condensed version of the summer programme scheduled to take place on October 24.
For more information or to sign up, click here.