National Citizen Service (NCS) is an ambitious Government programme to develop the skills and potential of young adults to get more engaged with their communities and become active and responsible citizens.
NCS promotes a more cohesive society by bringing young people together from different backgrounds and supporting their transition into adulthood. The more engaged young people are with society, the more they can create a positive change in local communities.
The National Citizen Service Programme took place from October Half Term and has flourished throughout November and December. It is aimed at Young Adults aged 16-17, Year 12′s of the education system.
The programme lasted for 7 weeks with participants going through the NCS programme in teams of 10-16 young adults, which stayed together throughout the programme, helping build relationships and team cohesion, as well as giving the participants the opportunity to develop their own inter-personal and life skills.
The young adults spent 4 nights away at Plas Pencelli on a residential and outdoor activities trip and have recently taken part in a series of planning and preparation meetings in which they will plan every detail of their community based project, which is in order to benefit members of the local community.
The National Citizen Service was delivered in three phases:
– Developing personal and social skills- which involved the young people taking part in team activities on the residential trip to Plas Pencelli.
– Getting to know the local community- Local organisations presented ideas to the students about how their organisations, who are already involved in the local community, and who could benefit from the types of events that participants will run.
– Designing and delivering a social action project- using the understanding of the area, young people will design, in consultation with local organisations, and deliver a project that will deliver tangible benefits.
STFiTC labelled the project as a massive success and will be open to operating another NCS programme in the New Year of 2013. Places are based on a first come first served basis and as soon as they become available you will find out first on www.stfitc.co.uk.
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For more information on how to become involved in the programme please contact Shane Hewlett at firstname.lastname@example.org