Opportunity to take part in National Citizen Service

TEENAGERS have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in National Citizen Service during the October half-term holiday.

Following the success of the scheme over the summer it is being made available to 16 and 17-year-olds in the autumn for the first time.

A total of 64 young people from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be travelling to the Waterbeach Army Cadets base and Tallington Lakes where they will have the chance to do activities including climbing, raft building, snowboarding.

To sign up contact Gareth on 01480-494333 or Gareth@young-lives.org.uk or sign up online at www.direct.gov.uk/ncs

The new autumn programme will give more young people a chance to get involved in NCS. Over half term they will spend time away from home doing outdoor activities and learning new skills. During the rest of the programme, predominately taking place over the following six weekends, they will work with their teams to learn about their community and organise and run their own social action projects.

NCS ambassador Bear Grylls said “National Citizen Service is an incredible programme which reaches out to young people in all communities around the country and offers them the chance to learn great life and outdoor skills. It gives them opportunities to develop skills such as teamwork, leadership, adventure, pride and responsibility. I would urge young people to sign up to the places available to take part in this brilliant scheme this autumn.”

Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, said: “We want to offer every teenager the opportunity to take part in National Citizen Service.

“It’s an incredibly positive programme that brings young people from across the country together, stretching them with new experiences and with the chance to do something very positive in their community, while also developing skills that will make them more work ready.”

The autumn programme builds on the success of NCS, now in its second pilot year, which was so popular that in the independent evaluation from 2011, nine out of 10 young people who’d been involved said that they would recommend it to a friend.”