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GORDON HENDERSON MP

FOR SITTINGBOURNE & SHEPPEY

National Citizen Service: A great opportunity for 16-year olds in Sittingbourne & Sheppey

14th March 2012
National Citizen Service: A great opportunity for 16-year olds in Sittingbourne & Sheppey

Gordon Henderson, MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, has welcomed the launch of the second year of National Citizen Service (NCS).

NCS is a voluntary programme for 16-year-olds with a difference. Participants take part in an action filled programme of challenging activities both at home and on a residential trip. The programme culminates in the young people designing and taking part in a social action project in their community.

NCS gives young people the opportunity to meet others in their area from different backgrounds, to give back to their community and also it gives them skills that will help them to impress potential employers.

There will be 30,000 places available on National Citizen Service this summer, including 1,066 in Kent. By 2014 there will be 90,000 places available and it is our ambition that there will ultimately be places available for all 16-year-olds.

Mr Henderson said:

“The National Citizen Service is a Government initiative to which I am delighted to give my wholehearted support and I would like to encourage every Year 11 pupil in Sittingbourne and Sheppey to apply to become one of the 30,000 young people to take part in the 2012 National Citizen Service next summer.

“The NCS is all about giving young people the chance to come together from different backgrounds, have new experiences, learn new skills, understand how to work as a team, and give something back to the community. It’s also great news for the rest of us, as all young people taking part spend 30 hours making their community a better place.

“I am very pleased that there are so many places on National Citizen Service for young people in Kent and I hope that eventually all youngsters in Sittingbourne and Sheppey will be able to benefit.”

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