National Citizen Service scheme a hit with Buckingham youngsters

Young people take part in Social Action Week as part of the NCS programme, run locally by Action 4 Youth PNL-170829-093149001
Young people take part in Social Action Week as part of the NCS programme, run locally by Action 4 Youth PNL-170829-093149001

Young people from across Aylesbury Vale have been taking part in the National Citizen Service programme over the summer.

The Government initiative is run across Buckinghamshire by the Aylesbury-based charity Action4Youth.

The programme gives 15-17 year-olds the chance to take part in three weeks of activities which develop skills and confidence and aim to strike the balance between fun and being a challenge.

NCS project worker Jasmine Smith said: “At the start of the three weeks we divide the young people up into teams of 15.

“We organise it so young people from different schools work together.

“The first week is a residential camp focusing on outdoor activities such as climbing and paddle-boarding.

“The purpose of this week is to build individuals confidence and teach them new skills.

“The second week is another residential camp closer to home where we aim to teach the young people new skills.

“They also complete their first aid qualification and start planning their social action projects.

“The third week is when the groups get the chance to carry out their projects.”

Among the many successful projects this year was one at Green Dragon Eco Farm in Hogshaw, featured in last week’s Advertiser, where a group worked to build a new goat-house and climbing frame.

This year a record 339 young people graduated from the NCS programme.