Mary meets community-minded teens

Mary joined MP Alan Campbell to visit young people taking part in National Citizen Service (NCS) in North Shields this week.

Visiting 60 participants at the Cedarwood Trust in Meadowell, Mary and Alan heard from young people about their experiences on NCS’s first two phases; adventure and skills-building. The group had already spent time challenging themselves in the Scottish borders before enjoying a week living independently from Northumbria University’s student residencies.

The teenagers are now starting to form ideas for social action projects, which they’ll be delivering across the local area next week.

Mary said: “It was a pleasure to visit the young people and learn about their experiences of NCS so far.

“I’m looking forward to hearing all about the community projects that the inspirational young people decide to carry out across North Tyneside.”

NCS is the country’s fastest growing youth movement. Running during the school holidays, NCS enables 16 and 17 year olds to improve their local communities, whilst building new skills and experiences. Across the country, over 100,000 teenagers signed up to this summer’s programme.

In the North East NCS is delivered by a partnership of V•Inspired, National Youth Agency (NYA) and thirteen local delivery partners from the voluntary and community sector across the region, including VODA, whom Mary and Alan visited.

The next NCS programme will be taking place during the autumn half-term and is open to 16 and 17 year olds who will be in year 12 or 13. Teens will get a chance to experience adventure in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales or Scottish borders and meet new friends before returning home to deliver a community project that makes a lasting impact on the local area.

NCS will never cost any young person more than £50 including food, transport and accommodation for the time away. Young people eligible for free school meals qualify for a bursary and can take part for £10 or less.

Parents or teens should visit or call 0191 247 4020 to express an interest.


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