Young people urged to join ‘citizen’ scheme

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A proud parent from Wragby is calling for more young people to get involved with the national voluntary programme her daughter is taking part in this summer.

Cheryl Green, 16, will be taking part in National Citizen Service (NCS) this summer - and her mother is thrilled.

Helen Green, Cheryl’s mother, said: “We’re so pleased that Cheryl will be taking part in NCS this summer.

“It’s very brave of her, but it also proves to us that she is ready and willing to take hold of her future, try new things and develop new skills that we couldn’t have otherwise provided to her.”

NCS is a flagship government initiative that provides young people the chance to take in new challenges, experience exciting activities, make long-lasting friends, and develop vital skills to support them later in life.

The four-week programme includes a range of team-building activities such as archery and raft building, as well as an 
away-from-home residential, CV building workshops and a social action project that allows area youngsters an opportunity to give 
something back to their community.

Helen added: “I wish a programme like NCS was available when I was a young person, as it would have helped me to build my confidence at a young age.”

Cheryl said: “My parents were very supportive when I told them I wanted to join NCS, and they agreed with me that it’s a once in a life time opportunity that will be very beneficial for me in the long term.

“I decided to join NCS because I wanted to challenge myself to do new things.

“I knew the holidays were going to be long and I didn’t want to be one of those teens that are lazy and sit at home all summer.”

l For more information on the NCS contact Phil Everett on 01522 574152 or phil.everett@eblo.org.uk or visit www.ncsem1.org.uk.