Fenland teens encouraged to sign up for adventure programme

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Teenagers who want a fresh challenge are being asked to sign up to a new scheme taking place during the summer holidays and autumn half term.

The National Citizen Service will see 16- and 17-year-olds embark on action-packed courses as well as planning, funding and completing a project which benefits their community.

Participants will make new friends and challenge themselves throughout the programme, taking on outward bound activities like cave bouldering, rafting and abseiling, plus developing and delivering social action projects to support local issues that matter to them.

Young Lives, a local charity working with children, young people and families, is currently recruiting NCS participants for a two week-long activity and skills challenge, followed by a fortnight’s volunteer programme in their local area.

Gareth Waldock, NCS Recruitment Officer at Young Lives said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this inspiring project. We need all of Fenland’s teenagers who are up for a fun challenge to say ‘yes’! You can sign up via our website, by giving us a call, or by texting NCS and your name and postcode to 60777.”

NCS has already garnered support from local businesses, MPs and celebrities such as singer and X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos and television presenter Bear Grylls.

The project aims to promote a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society by bringing young people from different backgrounds together to make a difference in their communities.

Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP, said: “I am delighted that in 2013 Young Lives will be providing young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with the chance of a lifetime to develop their skills, take on new challenges and adventures, meet new people from a range of backgrounds and have a lot of fun along the way.”

16- and 17-year-olds can sign up for NCS this year by texting “NCS” and their name and postcode to 60777. More information and sign up forms can be found at www.ncsyes.co.uk or by contacting ncs@young-lives.org.uk or 01480-494333.