Teens taking part in series of community projects

Members of The Challenge Network are supporting The Samaritans

Members of The Challenge Network are supporting The Samaritans

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SCORES of Wigan youngsters are taking part in a series of social projects aimed at tackling issues in the community.

This month, 130 young people from across the borough will take part in a series of social action projects as the final part of their journey on The Challenge Network programme.

The young volunteers aged 16 and 17 have already completed its first three elements and are now embarking on a further 30 hours of their time to put what they have learned into practice in the real world.

Participants will work in small teams to complete four unique social action projects aimed at tackling issues within the local area and supporting the work of local charities and community organisations.

Examples of projects include running a family fun day with Norley Hall Community Centre, renovations to People First’s new building, walking 24,000 steps for the Samaritans and a sponsored fish-a-thon for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

The Challenge is part of the Government’s flagship scheme National Citizen Service (NCS) - where 16 and 17-year-olds are set physical outdoor activities, team challenges and community projects.

A network spokesman said; “NCS brings together diverse groups of young people and provides opportunities for them to serve their communities whilst also learn key skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication.

“It gives young people the opportunity to carry out projects in their area that they have designed themselves and promotes social mixing and strengthens local communities and offers life-changing experiences.”

Graduates go on to join The Challenge Society, a year-round programme that facilitates on going opportunities for community engagement and personal development.

The Challenge Society is open to NCS graduates and their wider group of friends.