The National Citizens Service is a fantastic new summer project for 16 year olds. Over 10,000 16 year olds from a variety of backgrounds will have the opportunity to stay away from home for two weeks and participate in a variety of outdoor activities. The away stay will be followed by a community action element where participants will develop a project to benefit their local area.
One of the projects, Summer of a Lifetime, will be delivered by V, the national young volunteers service, in partnership with the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust. Another will be delivered by The Challenge. Both projects will be challenging and adventurous with activities such as mountaineering, canoeing and abseiling on offer. They will give young people the opportunity to improve skills such as team work, problem solving, leadership and communication while improving their employment prospects by gaining new experiences, networking and bolstering their CVs.
Jake commented: “I welcome the pilots for the National Citizens Service to Rossendale and Darwen and would encourage local youngsters to take part. The scheme will provide a fun way for them to meet new friends and have a go at some really exciting activities this summer.
“The community projects will offer young people a great introduction to community action and provide ongoing benefits to both themselves and their local area. They can also continue their involvement through alumni networks and the experience should make them feel confident and motivated about their future.”More details can be found at www.direct.gov.uk/nationalcitizensservice or by contacting Araba Webber at Araba.Webber@vinspired.com