Teens offered new project to boost skills

Teenagers from Wellingborough can take part in the scheme
Teenagers from Wellingborough can take part in the scheme

Young people in Wellingborough are being offered an opportunity to take part in a new initiative aimed at boosting personal development and skills.

Wellingborough Homes has teamed up with Aim Higher Northamptonshire to encourage teenagers to get on board with its National Citizen Service scheme for 15 to 17-year-olds.

The four-week programme includes trips away and community projects.

Wellingborough Homes is encouraging its younger tenants to take part by paying the £35 fee, helping to fill in the application form or providing equipment for the scheme’s residential activities.

The scheme provides youngsters with an experience to include on their CV and applications to impress potential employers, universities and colleges.

A spokesman for Wellingborough Homes said: “The flexible four-week programme, which involves groups of around 14 young people, begins with a launch meeting, followed by a five-day trip away where they get the chance to learn new skills and take part in a range of activities, including team-building exercises such as raft building and abseiling.

“Groups then go away for another four nights at a different residential centre, learning more skills and giving presentations to employers from the local community. In the third week, participants decide on a community project they would like to be involved with, such as environmental work, helping older people, decorating a community centre or organising a charity event.

“After delivering their chosen project, youngsters attend a graduation ceremony and receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister in recognition of their hard work and achievements.

“Each group will be given a video camera to film their activities throughout the four weeks, so that clips can be shown at the presentation ceremony.”

Dave Willis, Chief Executive of Wellingborough Homes, said: “We are thrilled to be teaming up with Aim Higher on such an exciting initiative. “It is a great opportunity for young people to enjoy a unique adventure, meet new people, develop skills and contribute to their local community. We hope lots of our young tenants will get on board.”

For more details call Wellingborough Homes on 01933 234450 or visit out www.aimhighernorthamptonshire.co.uk Aim Higher Northamptonshire is described as a not-for-profit organisation which provides young people with opportunities to progress, develop and fulfil their potential.