Young people graduate from National Citizen Service

Young people who took part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme this summer will be congratulated at a graduation service on Wednesday 7 September 2016.

More than 170 young people from Peterborough aged 15 to 17 took part in the four-week programme which helps young people build skills for work and life, take on new challenges and meet new friends.

The first week involved the young people staying at an outdoor activity centre, getting to know one another and taking part in team building activities. The second week gave young people a taste of what it’s like to live away from home with them learning how to budget, fend for themselves and act responsibly.

For the final two weeks the young people were tasked with helping the community which involved planning social action projects and fundraising. Projects included reducing paper wastage in schools and renovating gardens at a sheltered housing scheme in the city.

The young people who took part in the programme will now attend a graduation ceremony at The Voyager Academy, Mountsteven Avenue, Walton, Peterborough, on Wednesday 7 September at 6.30pm.

Each team will be invited to stand up and give a short presentation about what they got out of taking part in the programme.

Councillor John Holdich, leader of the council and cabinet member for education, skills and university, said: “A big well done to all the young people who took part in this summer's NCS programme. I hope you had fun and more importantly learned some skills that you can now take forward into your adult lives.

"The NCS programme prepares young people for the next stage of their lives by giving them experience of working as part of a team, helping the community as well as making friends. These are all qualities future employers look for and having it on your CV makes you stand out from the rest."

Muhammed Chagani, NCS co-ordinator for Peterborough City Council said: “Seeing the young people taking part and what they have achieved is quite humbling. It shows how much they have to offer and also that when they work together they can achieve marvellous results.

"Applications are now open for the next NCS programme which will run in October. If you'd like to give it a go, visit the council's website and apply."

The NCS programme autumn scheme is shorter but offers the same experiences. Only 45 places are available so young people are advised to apply as quickly as possible.

For more information visit www.peterborough.gov.uk and search for National Citizen Service.

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