Grantham teens graduate from National Citizen Service Programme

Grantham NCS graduates Aaron Ringwood, 16, Ben Shrouder, 16, Edward Fox, 16, Dale Dickinson, 18, with Marielle Newton, NCS team leader.
Grantham NCS graduates Aaron Ringwood, 16, Ben Shrouder, 16, Edward Fox, 16, Dale Dickinson, 18, with Marielle Newton, NCS team leader.
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Over 70 teenagers from across Lincolnshire were recognised for the outstanding accomplishments they achieved over February half term during a special graduation ceremony.

Lincolnshire 16 to 17-year-olds completed the week-long National Citizen Service (NCS) programme by spending their February school holiday giving back to their local communities, taking on new challenges and developing important skills, including leadership, teamwork and communication – while also boosting confidence.

A graduation ceremony was held at Robert Hardy Lecture Theatre at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln on Friday, March 27, to celebrate the teens’ completion of the programme, during which graduates received a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.

For teenagers taking part, completing NCS also opens the door for other unique opportunities like becoming a programme mentor or ambassador or venturing overseas with the International Citizen Service.

Phil Everett, communications manager for NCS EM1, which delivers the scheme to teens in Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, said: “The young people that have taken part in this year’s Spring programme have really gone above and beyond by doing their very best to improve both themselves and their local communities.

“The programme is designed to give teens the chance to use part of their school holidays to build skills and experience that will help them stand out when applying for jobs and university, while also meeting people from loads of different backgrounds and making life-long friends.”

NCS is a flagship government initiative that 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.

Teenagers unable to take part in the February programme can sign-up for this year’s 2015 summer programme, which has several start dates throughout Lincolnshire, including:

* June 29

* July 6

* July 20

* July 27

For more information or to sign up, visit www.ncsem1.org.uk, www.facebook.com/NCSEM1 or email ncs@eblo.org.uk