Are you ready to take up the challenge? National Citizen Service, Liverpool

Recently, I was co-opted voluntarily into supporting the Liverpool and Sefton National Citizen Service. This is billed as an unbeatable summer experience for young people from all backgrounds who are finishing year 11 or 12. Well, what a fantastic adventure it was for the teenagers that took part this summer.

National Citizen Service is an amazing summer scheme aimed at 16-17 year olds and took place from July to August 2012. It included two, fortnight adventure breaks followed by a community-based activity in the local area. Recently a group of youngsters from the scheme have showcased their local musical talent in Liverpool on “Young People Sing” at the bombed out church, St Luke’s. Showcasing the best that Liverpool has to offer in the urban music scene, hip-hop, dance, pop, punk rock and jazz, these youngsters have exceeded all expected.

They’ve all met new friends and had an unforgettable experience which gained through this venture will certainly help develop their skills needed to lead other rewarding community projects. Projects like “Young People Sing” will make a difference in our local area by giving these youngsters fantastic confidence and determination to see things through. It also looks fantastic on a CV!

Sophie Holmes, one of the Liverpool intrepid adventurers said, “taking part in NCS has been one of the best things that I’ve ever done. I would recommend it to anyone, because even if you are nervous about meeting new people or worried about activities that you’d find challenging like rock climbing and canoeing, the NCS project would help you overcome any of those worries”.

Achievements will be celebrated at an amazing graduation party at Aintree Racecourse.
I fully support ventures like this and hope that next year the places are filled with young explorers willing to give it a go. So many young people read articles like this, but seldom actually get involved and sign up and commit themselves on the day. Make a note in your diary now for next year and…… be there! (government funding is available)

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