National Citizen Service programme launches in Essex

THE National Citizen Service (NCS) programme has launched in Essex this week giving young people across the county the chance to learn important life skills, give back to the community, and achieve recognisable accreditation at the same time.

Up to 300 young people aged 16 and 17 years old from Essex County Council’s Youth Service have embarked on the first four-week NCS programme to be delivered in Essex since the scheme piloted here in 2011.

The scheme gives young people the opportunity to take part in different outdoor activities, volunteer on community projects, create a project they care about and bring it to life in their local area, build essential work and life skills, overcome challenges and meet new friends – and once completed they will walk away with a certificate signed by Prime Minister David Cameron which is recognised by UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

The first group from Essex to take part includes young people from Uttlesford.

Essex County Councillor Ray Gooding, cabinet member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “I am hugely proud of the effort that our Youth Service has put into organising this massive logistical task and wish all the young people involved in this first programme every success on this venture.

“NCS offers a fantastic experience for young people and I would encourage everyone eligible to grab the opportunity with both hands.”

The NCS programme includes a two-week stay away from home for team building and activities, skills building and project work in each young person’s own community and a graduation ceremony. NCS graduates will also have the opportunity to venture overseas with the International Citizen Service.

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There are a small number of places remaining for the next scheduled NCS programme which starts on Monday July 22. Ring Jill Frake on 01245 436632 to book your place or visit for more details.