Youngsters get out and about

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YOUNG people in Wigan aged between 15 and 17 are set to take part in a unique volunteering scheme this summer.

National Citizen Service is a government funded scheme which brings young people together from different backgrounds and teaches them what it means to be responsible and contribute to their communities.

The programme is currently under way and will run until the end of September.

While on the programme, young people will complete a number of challenges which will develop their teamwork, leadership, communication and social skills.

One of the challenges will see young people build relations with local charities in Wigan on September 7 and 8, including The Brick Homeless Project and Wigan Flashes (part of the Wildlife Trust).

They will then carry out sponsorship and campaign projects requested by their charities during a large scale social action day on September 28 and 29.

A total of 14,000 young people will complete NCS with The Challenge Network across all London boroughs, Surrey, Birmingham and the West Midlands and the North West of England.

NCS offers 15 to 17 year olds the opportunity to get together to try new activities which benefit the entire community.

Then, with the support of a team, they build and deliver a project that makes a real difference to where they live.

The NCS programme, and in particular the skills and experiences gained by NCS graduates, is now recognised positively by a range of employers and educational institutions alike.

The scheme is operated by The Challenge Network (TCN), one of the UK’s leading charity for building a more integrated society.

For more information about NCS visit