Wakefield Council and partners recruits 210 young people to National Citizen Service Programme

Date: 29/07/2015

PR 5020

As many as 210 young people aged 15-17 years old are taking part in inspirational community projects in the Wakefield district this summer.


Wakefield Councils' Youth Work Team has teamed up with Next Generation and The Youth Association for the third year to run the National Citizen Service programme.


The initiative which runs for four weeks over the school holidays gives young people the opportunity to forge new friendships and learn new skills while away from home.


The young people take part in team building and are responsible for planning and running a community social action project.


In the Wakefield district this includes a group which is organising and building a sensory nature walk at the Anglers Country Park for people with visual impairments.


Other projects taking place this summer in the district include volunteering at the St Catherine's Church foodbank, providing activities for people in residential homes and doing art work in the Portobello area.


Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "I'm very proud that so many young people are involved in the National Citizenship Programme in our district.


The programme will help them to develop new skills while at the same time doing something positive and worthwhile which will benefit the wider community."