Teenagers Engaged in Social Action Projects in East Durham
This week I visited Peterlee to meet a group of 60 inspiring teenagers who are currently taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS).
The group are taking part in the programme with East Durham College and I dropped in to hear their ideas for a series of community projects that they’ve planned, that aim to improve the local area or assist particular causes.
First of all, I was mightily impressed that almost 200 16 and 17 year olds from the Easington constituency signed up to take part in this summer’s NCS scheme. I was also encouraged to hear that participants had improved confidence and leadership skills whilst on an outdoor adventure, and had also prepared for work and life during a skills-building week.
What’s worth noting is that many of the young people I saw today had only met for the first time two weeks ago. In teams of 15, the young people are mixed with those from other schools – and it’s clear to see new friendships had been formed.
The projects included a cancer awareness project to highlight to men in particular to be smart on the signs of cancer; and I was impressed that another team had researched the needs of the University Hospital of Hartlepool and were fundraising for their chemotherapy ward.
A third group pitched their ideas for a community fun day event with proceeds going towards a local homelessness charity, whilst the final team were planning to visit a care home to deliver care packages for the residents; it was great to see that their project is bringing different generations together.
It was brilliant to see young people from the constituency coming together to empower change. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on the outcomes of the four projects; they’re delivering them next week – I wish them the best of luck!
Parents and young people looking to find out more information about NCS can visit www.ncsyes.co.uk or call 0191 247 4020 to sign up. The next programmes will be taking place in autumn 2017 and summer 2018.