Stephen Metaclfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock has championed the positive impact of the National Citizen Service (NCS) after visiting a local program yesterday.
Mr Metcalfe joined the NCS team and young people at Stubbers activity centre, Upminster, the local delivery centre for South Basildon and East Thurrock. The MP had the opportunity to observe some first aid training and kayaking, and to talk to the young people and staff about their experiences of NCS. The MP was also joined by NCS Ambassadors and YouTube sensations, Caspar Lee and Marcus Butler.
NCS provide once in a lifetime opportunities for 16 and 17 year olds from all backgrounds. Throughout the program, young people develop key skills and the self belief needed to unlock their potential and make a positive impact in their local communities.
The program, which lasts several weeks, includes outdoor challenges, a one week residential stay away from home and a social action project designed and implemented by the participants themselves.
Mr Metcalfe commented: “Having been involved in promoting NCS to my constituents, it was fantastic to see the program in action. It combines some great activities with practical life skills and offers young people a real chance to make a difference and impact their communities.”
“I spoke to a number of local participants who had nothing but positive things to say about NCS. It has made a real difference to their lives and given them skills, confidence and friendships that they can take forward.”
NCS runs programs over several weeks out of school time in spring, summer, or autumn. For further information visit www.ncsyes.co.uk, call 0845 460 7410, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find "NCS East" on Facebook and Twitter.
Mr Metcalfe added: “I will continue to support NCS in whatever way I can and I hope that 16 and 17 year olds from across South Basildon and East Thurrock will make the most of this brilliant opportunity!”