Final Chance to sign up for National Citizen Service Autumn programme

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Lincolnshire teenagers still have time to sign up for a national voluntary programme that offers young people the opportunity of a lifetime to make new friends, build skills for the future and make a difference locally.

Set to begin during October half term on October 24, National Citizen Service (NCS) is still accepting applicants for its Autumn 2014 programme.

Phil Everett, Communications Manager for NCS EM1, said: “Our summer programme has been our most successful yet, with over 800 young people from across Lincolnshire taking part. However, many teenagers weren’t able to join due to prior commitments, like family holidays, which is why we’re once again offering an autumn programme, giving everyone the opportunity to join in”

NCS Summer 2014 graduate Leigh Woods from Stamford said: “NCS was an amazing experience. I met so many new people who I automatically clicked with straight away and became really great friends in a really short space of time.”

Adding: “You also get to do all sorts of different things from the adventure week to fundraising for a charity of your choice. I feel like I have really grown as a person since my time on NCS.”

Costing £35 to join, the scheme includes a four-day stay at an outdoor adventure centre with activities such as rock-climbing and archery, three days working with businesses to improve employability skills and a social action project that allows participants an opportunity to give back to their community.

Food, transport and three nights of accommodation are included in the programme cost.

“It’s the perfect opportunity for teenagers to not only spend their half term having fun and meeting new people, but to also prepare themselves for the future by learning valuable skills and knowledge that will help them when it comes to university applications and job interviews,” said Phil.

NCS is a flagship government initiative which provides young people between the ages of 15-17 the chance to take on new challenges, experience exciting activities, make long-lasting friends, and develop vital skills that will support them later in life.

For more information or to sign up, visit www.ncsem1.org.uk, www.facebook.com/NCSEM1 or email ncs@eblo.org.uk.