Confidence course for St Helens teens

Rainhill High School, Warrington Road, Rainhill
Rainhill High School, Warrington Road, Rainhill

St Helens teenagers looking to build their confidence, make new friends and develop important life skills are encouraged to sign up for the National Citizen Service (NCS) summer 2016 programme before it’s too late.

That’s the message from one local student, 17-year-old Gemma Scott, whose fellow pupils at Rainhill High School top the UK’s league of schools with most people eager to embark on the four-week programme.

Starting on 27th June and running on a number of different dates throughout the summer holidays, the programme includes a week’s stay at an outdoor adventure centre complete with activities such as rock-climbing and archery.

This is followed by a week staying away from home in university-style accommodation where young people work with local businesses, community groups and charities to improve their employability skills.

Teenagers will then take part in a social action project during which they will give back to their communities by volunteering and fundraising.

The programme is backed by the government so signing up costs just £50 including food, transport and accommodation during the residential phases, with financial support available on a case by case basis.

Ali Macdonald, operations manager for Ingeus, which delivers the programme across the North West, said: “There’s just one week to go until the start of our summer programme, so any Merseyside parents that want to see their son or daughter take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience should register their interest before it’s too late!”

NCS 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.

Ali Macdonald continued: “Spots are quickly filling, but we still have a few spaces left for our programmes in July and August. To register interest or sign your sons or daughters up, just visit *ncsingeus.co.uk