YOUTH charity, The Prince’s Trust, is appealing for Thurrock’s school leavers to take part in a new course to be run this summer.
National Citizen Service (NCS) is a new, free scheme for year 11 school leavers to learn new skills, challenge themselves and make a positive impact in their community during the summer holidays..
Young people will design a project to benefit their local area as well as going on a five-day team-building trip, taking part in activities such as kayaking and rock-climbing.
Graham Ball, Prince’s Trust regional director for the East of England, said: “All too often young people are viewed negatively by society, as “no-hopers” or “layabouts”. National Citizen Service will give Thurrock’s young people the chance to prove that they can and do make a positive impact in their community.”
“NCS will also give young people the chance to make new friends, build their confidence and gain new skills for future employment or further education.”
The Prince’s Trust is also appealing for volunteers to help run the scheme in Thurrock. Volunteers will help the young people to achieve success, giving them support and encouragement during the course.
Graham adds: “The Prince’s Trust could not achieve the results it does without the support of our volunteers. The Trust’s 5,000 volunteers play a pivotal role in helping young people move forward with their lives.”
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps change young lives. It runs a range of courses, giving disadvantaged young people practical and financial support and helping them develop key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. More than three in four young people on Prince’s Trust schemes move into work, education and training.
NCS is a coalition government scheme to be piloted across the UK this summer. Twelve pilot projects will run across England in summer 2011 giving 11,000 young people the chance to take part.
For further information about volunteering or to find out more about National Citizen Service in your area, visit www.princes-trust.org.uk/ncs or call freephone 0800 842 842.