Ceremony for participants in useful youth programme

Lucy Carroll and the latest National Citizen Service Northumberland group.
Lucy Carroll and the latest National Citizen Service Northumberland group.

Twenty young people have been celebrated at a ceremony for taking part in an initiative to develop their skills for the future.

The 16 and 17-year-olds attended the ceremony at Newbiggin Sports and Community Centre, where they received their certificates from Lucy Carroll – the previous High Sheriff of Northumberland.

The National Citizen Service programme is delivered in partnership by Northumberland County Council’s youth service team.

It brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them to develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication.

In the county, the programme also includes those involved participating in the Northumberland Challenge – a series of missions such as 20 hours of volunteer work, organising an enterprise activity or fund-raising event and taking part in an outdoor or sporting activity.

Choosing young people’s mental well-being as their theme, this year’s participants worked on projects such as a midnight half marathon walk and a music event to raise funds for charity and awareness. More than 100 people attended the music event.

They also produced a leaflet to raise awareness of internet safety.

Coun Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children’s services at the county council, said: “The programme allows young people in Northumberland to learn a huge variety of important life skills, gain new experiences, engage with the community and make a real difference to their local area.

“I’d like to congratulate everyone who graduated on all their hard work.”

The National Citizen Service programme continues throughout the year, with places available to start in July, August and October.

For more information and to register interest, email NCSYouthService@northumberland.gov.uk