Communities are being invited to get involved with a summer scheme which empowers teenagers to develop valuable life and work skills and improve their sense of social responsibility.

The National Citizen Service gives young people aged 15 the 17 the opportunity to spend two weeks away from home, building their confidence, their problem solving abilities, teamwork skills and more, followed by two weeks back in their hometown developing a project to benefit their local community.

It is the fastest growing youth programme in the country.

EBP, the delivery partner for NCS in part of the East Midlands, is looking for projects or social issues that the participants in the 2019 programme can get involved in.

Projects can include the creation of community spaces, decorating youth centres or village halls, driving campaigns to support homeless people, developing forestry schools, raising awareness of dementia or of loneliness in elderly people, looking at mental health provision for young people, creating sensory areas, petitioning against drug use in public areas, and much more beyond imagination.

It is also looking for communal venues that inspired teams of volunteers can work from.

Teams work Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, for two weeks in July or August, and are supported by trained staff at all times.

The EBP are expecting close to 100 teams to be available across their Lincolnshire programme this summer, so there’s never been a better opportunity to secure one for your community. If you’d like to register your interest or learn more, please contact Cheryl Barrows on 01522 574133 or email ncs.socialaction@the-ebp.co.uk.