Places filling up fast for The National Citizen Service in Leeds this summer

Young people in Leeds who are looking for a life-changing experience this summer are being urged to sign up for the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.

The NCS programme in Leeds is filling up fast and is a once-in-a-lifetime experience offered to 16 and 17 year olds that builds skills and confidence, helps them get ahead in work and life and gives them a positive role in their local community. It is also a fun and useful way to spend the summer holidays.

Now in its fourth year, with over 30,000 young people that have already participated, the ambition is to ensure as many young people as possible, regardless of background, ability or ambitions, get the chance to experience and reap the rewards of NCS. And 9 out of 10 young people who have already taken part say they would recommend it to a friend.

Young people undertake NCS in teams of 15. The programme in Leeds includes an action-packed away residential at Hill Climb Activity Centre in Lancashire, a skills-building residential back in Leeds, time finding out about the local community, designing and delivering a local community project and then enjoying a huge graduation party, with a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services said:

“There are still a few places left on the NCS summer programme so I urge any young people who are looking for a challenge over the summer that is both fulfilling and fun and that has the potential to be life-changing to register as soon as possible.

“By taking part in this scheme the young people will take on some big challenges, but can definitely expect to come away with new skills and experiences, which will undoubtedly help them in their future careers.”

The summer programme lasts for a maximum of five weeks (including the two five-day residentials) plus time on the community project and is backed by the Government who pay the majority of the cost. Participation fees for young people range from £35 to £50, with bursaries also available.

Leeds City Council deliver the successful NCS programme across the city, and teenagers enrolled this summer depart in the first groups from the 23 June and the last on the 11 August.

Young people and parents can find out more at www.thencsnetwork.org.uk

To speak to someone for more information about the NCS programme in Leeds, and to sign up, call the team on 0800 027 9111, quoting Leeds City Council, or email NationalCitizenServiceEnquiries@listening.co.uk


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