More than 800 young people from across Lincolnshire will have spent a total of 24,000 hours developing and implementing nearly 80 community projects across the county by the end of summer as part of a nationwide voluntary programme called National Citizen Service (NCS).
NCS provides 15 to 17-year-olds with an opportunity to take on new challenges and develop vital life skills through a variety of exciting activities that enhance CVs and prepare young people for the future.
Phil Everett, Communications Manager for NCS EM1, commented: “During the final two weeks of NCS, each group takes part in a social action project where they develop and carry out a plan that benefits their local community.”
“It’s an important part of the programme because not only does it build character and boost confidence, but it gives young people the chance to get involved with and really make a difference in their hometowns.”
Connor Jupp, 16, from Gainsborough, spent his summer holiday giving back to his local community at Gainsborough Adventure Playground Association (GAPA).
He said: “It’s been an amazing experience brightening up the area, building new park furniture and making it a fun place for children to play and see our hard work.”
“I’ve really enjoyed taking part in our social action project because it’s given me the chance to get creative and turn old pallets into new furniture for GAPA.”
“It’s great to be able to give something back to my local community and I’ve even asked GAPA if I can continue volunteering.”
“Throughout my whole experience on NCS, I have really pushed myself to take on new challenges I would never have done in the past, and this has boosted my confidence, as well as helping me conquer my fear of heights and public speaking.”
Connor had this to say to any young person thinking about joining NCS.
He said: “Do it. Get off your X-Box and spend your holiday moving around, helping your community, learning new skills and building future job prospects.”