Scott Mann MP joined a group of local young people taking part in National Citizen Service (NCS), an open-to-all unifying experience shared by teens from different backgrounds which helps them become better individuals, and in turn better citizens.
During his visit, Scott met NCS participants in their third week of the programme where two groups of 15 young people were busy planning their volunteer social action projects.
Scott heard first-hand how NCS – the fastest growing youth movement in our country for a century – is helping to develop participants’ life skills, resilience and wellbeing while boosting community engagement. Scott said: “It was a pleasure to meet such an inspiring group of young people and see the great things they have already accomplished on programme. I look forward to hearing all about their achievements over the remainder of their time on NCS and the positive impact their social action has on the local community.”
NCS is a flagship government initiative that provides young people aged 15-17 the chance to take on new challenges, experience exciting activities, make long-lasting friendships and develop vital skills that will support them later in life. It was launched to tackle three core issues of importance to society: social cohesion, social mobility and social engagement.
Sam Daymond, Schools Engagement & Graduate Manager at NCS Trust said: “The young people were thrilled to meet Scott. We’re delighted that he found the time to come and visit the programme and see firsthand the impact NCS is having by building bridges across social divides and ladders to opportunity. He was a great sport and even ate a whole lemon as part of one of the groups lemon challenge raising awareness for the homeless. This is to empathise with those who don’t always have a choice of what they can eat.”
Over 400,000 young people have completed the NCS programme to date, giving up an incredible 11.7 million hours to social action projects since NCS started.
National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to 15-17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland taking place during spring, summer and autumn school holidays.
The programme was established in 2011 to tackle three key social issues; social cohesion, social engagement and social mobility and so far almost 400,000 young people have benefited from taking part.
NCS is a unique three or four week programme focused on fun and discovery, including 30 hours committed to a community project that benefits both young people and society.
On this government backed programme, participants build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and adventures, making new friends, and contributing to their community. Not only do 15 and 17 year olds have the chance to give something back, but it looks great on CVs and UCAS recommends referencing NCS on personal statements.
NCS is amazing value for money. The whole experience including food, accommodation and travel costs just £50 and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Support is also provided for young people with additional needs.
There are still places available for 15-17 years to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity. To sign up, go to www.ncsyes.co.uk.