Young People honoured at Citizen Graduation Ceremony in Wakefield

​02/10/14
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More than 100 teenagers from the Wakefield area were praised as good citizens at a special graduation ceremony to recognise their hard work.

The young people, aged 16 to 17, who have all successfully completed a four week National Citizen Service programme, run by Wakefield Council, were presented with their certificates at Major Hall, Unity Works, Westgate, Wakefield, on Friday September 26.

 The Government-led initiative brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them to develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility, by working on skills such as leadership, teamwork and communication.

 Each person developed a social action project to deal with a local issue that they were passionate about, and spent 30 hours putting the project into action in their community.

 Projects included visiting residential homes to entertain residents and other young people raised money for good causes.

 Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "Congratulations to all the young people who have all worked so hard to make a difference to their communities. I am delighted our scheme is giving young people valuable life experience."

 National Citizen Service (NCS) is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England.

 It runs in the spring, summer and autumn. The next programme, run by Wakefield Council, starts in October and is open to all 16 and 17 year olds in the area. For further information please call 01977 722815. See www.gov.uk/government/get-involved/take-part/national/citizen-service for more details.