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Last Chance to Sign up for Summer National Citizen Service Youth Programme


South Tyneside parents interested in seeing their teenager build confidence, make new friends and develop important life skills are encouraged to get their child to sign up for the National Citizen Service (NCS) Summer 2016 programme before it’s too late.

With dates available in July or August – the four week, part-residential programme will include a week’s stay in the Lake District or Scottish borders complete with plenty of outdoor activities, followed by a week staying away from home in accommodation within South Tyneside where young people work with local businesses to improve employability skills create their own social action project where teens will give back to their communities by volunteering and fundraising.

The programme is backed by the government so signing up costs just £50 including food, transport and accommodation, with financial support available on a case by case basis. Young people eligible for free school meals can take part for £10.

Laura French, NCS recruitment coordinator for South Tyneside, commented: “There’s just a few weeks to go until the start of our summer programme, so any South Tyneside parents that want to see their teen take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience should register interest before it’s too late!”

Harriet Shaw, 17 from East Boldon, signed up to NCS in 2014 after her friends had positive experiences on the programme.

Harriet, a student at St Wilfrid’s RC College, said; “My friends came back from NCS all saying amazing things, so I thought I’d give it a go too.

“I’m so glad that I did because it has led me onto so many incredible opportunities like taking part in a national leaders programme. This summer I’ll be working for NCS too.

“It’s amazing how much of an impact NCS can have – not only to your confidence but to meet new people and really put you outside of your comfort zone.

“For anyone thinking about taking part this summer, I’d say just go for it!”

NCS provides young people between the ages of 16-17 the chance to take on new challenges, experience exciting activities, make long-lasting friendships, and develop vital skills that will support them later in life.

Laura French continued: “Places are now almost full, but we still have a few spaces left. To register interest or sign your sons or daughters up, call 0191 247 4020 or visit”

An increasingly limited number of places are available on dates departing 5th July, 25th July and 2nd August. Parents or teens should call 0191 247 4020 to guarantee a place.

NCS are sponsoring the upcoming South Tyneside Festival’s Sunday concert series this July.