Pledge to help youth programme in Grantham this summer

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The area’s education business partnership (EBP) is encouraging local organisations to get behind young people this summer by pledging a community project or venue during this summer’s National Citizen Service (NCS) summer programme.

NCS is a programme for 15-17-year-olds which takes place outside of term time.

Last summer, Grantham residents benefited from 5,610 hours of volunteer work through NCS. Over 100 young people worked together at venues across Grantham including Grantham College, Wyndham Park and Gregory House, to create their own social action projects using skills they developed on the programme.

Wyndham Park hosted eight groups over the summer, with groups fund-raising to purchase parts for the sensory garden and creating a footpath across the playing field.

Another group undertook survey work with members of the public to support the Heritage Lottery Fund.

EBP community engagement officer Cheryl Barrows said: “Local businesses can play a vital role in helping our young people to make a difference in their community.

“Some people feel that they need to offer an outdoor area to enhance or walls to paint murals on, but actually some of the best community support happens when teams are just placed in a venue and given freedom to plan their own projects or campaigns.”

For more information or to pledge your project or venue, contact Cheryl Barrows on 01522 574133 or email cheryl.barrows@the-ebp.co.uk