A GOVERNMENT scheme designed for youngsters is beginning to pick up pace across the borough, giving 16-year-olds a chance to develop life skills and give something back to their community.
The National Citizen Service will give 11,000 school leavers the opportunity to have a bigger role in their local community whilst helping others and gaining valuable experience, and it seems to be catching on across our local area.
Sophie Carey, 16, from Smith’s Wood Sports College signed up for the scheme after a school assembly and hasn’t looked back since. “I like trying new things and I thought I’d give it a go, I’m definitely looking forward to it, especially when we go to do all the outside activities.”
The scheme will get the youngsters like Sophie working in a team over the summer, participating in all sorts of adventurous activities including; mountaineering, canoeing and abseiling. They will then be offered a chance to set up their own project in the local community, working with other young people.
The scheme takes place over the Summer months - three weeks full-time, including two weeks away from home, with a further 30 hours on a part-time basis.
Sophie continued: “The activities are optional, we had to choose which ones we would prefer. I chose photography, media and enterprise.”
If you would like more information on the scheme, visit www.Direct.gov.uk and search for the National Citizen Service.