Teenager urges others to sign up for National Citizen Service

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A teenager who took part in a national voluntary programme is calling on other young people to sign up to the scheme and help make a difference.

Kim Field, 17, from Rothwell was involved in last year’s National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. The flagship government initiative provides young people with the opportunity to take on new challenges, experience new activities, make new friends and develop new skills to support them in later life.

The four-week programme included a range of exciting team building activities such as archery and raft building and an away-from-home residential. Participants also spent a week devising and developing a social action project to give something back to their local community.

Speaking about her time on the programme, Kim said: “NCS has definitely given me more confidence to stretch myself and get involved with things that I would never have considered before.

“As part of the programme I helped to organise a music concert and raised over £500 for a local youth centre. It was a great opportunity to bring the local community together and the experience has encouraged me to arrange another concert to raise money for Cancer Research.

“NCS really is an adventure and I’d advise anyone thinking about getting involved this year to just go for it. It really pushes you to do more and looks great on your CV.”

For more information about NCS visit www.direct.gov.uk/ncs or www.facebook.com/ncs