Students from all over Cornwall have been saying YES to this year’s National Citizenship Service (NCS) and now Cornwall’s MP’s have got involved in the project, which is delivered in partnership with Cornwall College. Sarah Newton, Steve Double, Sheryll Murray and Scott Mann have all met with the young people, taking part in the scheme to discuss issues in their local communities and to take part in some of the activities.
The summer programme allows young people to take part in a team building week of activities at either BF Adventure near Penryn or at Siblyback Lake on Bodmin Moor, followed by a week-long residential at Falmouth University, before planning and working on a two week long social action project.
The MP for South East Cornwall, Sheryll Murray, joined in with some of the activities at Siblyback Lake: “It’s been absolutely fantastic, I was really impressed with how these young people have come together; they have demonstrated tremendous team work. I think NCS shows young people that they can do whatever they want to do, if you work hard enough!”
NCS is a government funded programme which helps young people to get out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves by building on life and social skills. The last two weeks of the course are a chance for young people to give something back to their local communities, by taking part in some social action projects.
Sheryll added: “It’s fantastic because they come to places like Siblyback Lake and take part in activities like this and then they go and give something back to their community. I remember visiting a site, it was one of the first few years of NCS, where the group did some work; it is still there today and it is a lasting legacy to those young people.”
The Cornwall College Group is taking applications for further NCS cohorts. The scheme is open to anyone aged 15-17 and since it was launched more than 200,000 young people, from across the UK have already said YES to NCS.
One of the project leads for NCS at Cornwall College, Emma Brotherton, said: “NCS is a fantastic scheme and I would like to say a personal thank you to all of Cornwall’s MPs, who have taken part or supported our young people this summer. NCS is extremely valuable, it not only gives the young people confidence and team working skills, but it also helps them to develop their community spirit and to give something back.”