Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer, previous NCS participants 18-year-old Sandra Nolasco, 16-year-old Matthew Chambers, and 17-year-old Hanna Metcalfe with Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger.
Teesside’s teenagers are being urged to act quickly to avoid missing out on a place on the fun-packed National Citizen Service programme.
This year sees the third summer of activity as part of the initiative, which is being backed by a number of emergency services, and supported by the Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer and Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.
There are around 700 places for 16 and 17-year-old’s within the Cleveland area, but spots are already been filled by eager young people wanting to take part. Each place costs £35 but there are bursaries available.
On offer is an outward bounds trip away, a residential in the local community – possibly in a school or community centre, and a chance to devise a project to help the local community.
Taking part in NCS helps to build skills that can be used in later life, take on new challenges and make new friends. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that looks great on a CV or college application and helps to build confidence.
Last year’s graduates have completed 2600 hours of social action volunteering and some have taken-up the opportunity to become involved in the Police and Crime Commissioner Youth Advisory Group.
Matty Chambers 16 from Stockton on Tees, who graduated from last years NCS scheme, said: “NCS has taught me so many new skills and helped me find out more about the area I live in. It’s a brilliant experience that everyone should take part in.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “Anything that provides an opportunity for young people to build their confidence and spend their free time doing something worthwhile is a positive thing.
“I am dedicated to hearing the views of young people and finding out how they can assist me in achieving my objectives in the Police and Crime Plan.”
Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer said: “We continue to offer our support to the National Citizen Service scheme, which helps to break down barriers between emergency service staff and young people.
“It has proved to be an excellent way for youngsters to be involved in something positive to the benefit of local communities across Cleveland.
Anyone interested in a place is asked to visit www.thencsnetwork.org or call 0800 027 111 or alternatively for more information call the Cleveland Police Youth Manager on 0845 271 3873.
Posted on Wednesday 29th May 2013