Young people from across Kirklees have benefitted from a once-in-a-lifetime scheme which offers unique character-building experiences.
Kirklees Council and local delivery partners have been working alongside the National Citizen Service (NCS), a government funded programme for 15-17 year olds, to deliver the programme across Kirklees from September 2017 – December 2018.
Almost 800 local young people completed the programme during summer 2018, volunteering an incredible 23,690 hours to help 59 social action projects.
Cllr Masood Ahmed, Cabinet member for children said: “The future success of Kirklees lies in young people being active citizens, willing to contribute their ideas and enthusiasm to make the area an even better place to live, learn, work and play.
“NCS offers them an amazing – once-in-a-lifetime – experience that grows confidence and self-belief which not only benefits them as individuals, but also our local communities, education providers and in the longer term, local businesses.”
NCS, which takes place during various dates in the school holidays, provides young people with a chance to experience new challenges, build long-lasting friendships, and develop new skills that can help them with their future prospects such as jobs, apprenticeships, college or university.
Experiences and support offered by the scheme are vast and vary from learning how to live independently, taking part in charity and community work, social experiences such as outdoor activities and preparing for life in work.
As part of the programme young people take part in a residential stay, then make their mark by delivering a social action project in their local community. This experience helps them to develop skills they will need for work and life.
For more information and to sign up for future NCS programmes, go to www.bit.ly/ncskirklees