Mansfield teenager benefits from National Citizen Service

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Sixteen and 17-year-olds from Nottinghamshire have a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in the National Citizen Service during the October half-term holiday, from next week.

Following the success of the scheme over the summer it is being made available to young people in the autumn for the first time.

Young people will have the chance to do activities such as abseiling, rock climbing or canoeing as well as working in the community and learning skills to add to their CVs or college applications.

To find out more information and sign up go to www.direct.gov.uk/ncs

One Mansfield teenager has already benefitted from last summer’s programme and is urging others to sign up now for the autumn session.

Jade Tomlinson (17) from Mansfield, signed up to the NCS over the summer which helped nurture new skills such as problem-solving and team-building which she’ll add to her CV for the future. She is currently at West Nottinghamshire College where she is studying travel and tourism and her ambition is to work in the travel industry

Jade said: “From taking part in the National Citizen Service project I have become more confident and independent as well as learning many lifelong skills. I would recommend it to others, particularly as there’s much competition for jobs and university places. I feel like this has given me something to put on my CV to help impress potential employers.

“One of the main activities over the three week session was camping in Derbyshire. I was able to take part in a wide range of activities such as rock climbing and abseiling. These activities were a great experience as it taught us skills such as team working and problem solving.

“For our main group exercise, this time at Portland College, we planned a social action project. We discussed everything we would need to do to turn our idea of creating a new woodland trail for disabled users into a reality, including how we were going to fundraise for it.”

The new autumn programme will give more young people a chance to get involved in NCS. Over half term they will spend time away from home doing outdoor activities and learning new skills. During the rest of the programme, taking place over the following six weekends, they will work with their teams to learn about their community and organise and run their own social action projects.

NCS is also backed by Nottingham-born Mistajam, the Radio 1Xtra DJ, who is one of the many celebrity supporters of the scheme.

NCS ambassador Bear Grylls said: “National Citizen Service is an incredible programme which reaches out to young people in all communities around the country and offers them the chance to learn great life and outdoor skills. It gives them opportunities to develop skills such as teamwork, leadership, adventure, pride and responsibility. I would urge young people to sign up to the places available to take part in this brilliant scheme this autumn.”