The season of social action is in full swing as young people across the county are taking on a series of projects as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) summer programme.
In Arun, NCS participants have been raising awareness of local charities Coastal Mind and My Sisters’ House and their efforts have been given the seal of approval in a recent visit by Member of Parliament Nick Gibb.
NCS is a country wide programme which brings together groups of 16-17 year olds to help build their confidence, mix with different social groups and inspire long term change through local community-based action projects. This includes residential trips and a Social Action Project.
The MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton met with one of the nine groups of young people currently taking part in the NCS summer programme and heard how the programme is both aiding their development and helping boost community engagement.
Nick Gibb MP said: “It was a real pleasure to meet the group of 15 young people taking part in NCS. They were all engaging, confident people who have clearly enjoyed their four weeks, and benefited from it.”
Two hundred young people from the Bognor and Littlehampton area take part in NCS every year.
Elsewhere in the community, two other NCS groups have been raising awareness and fundraising for charitable causes in Chichester.
Last week, nearly £1,000 was raised at a community fair in Florence Park for the children’s care charity - The Sussex Snow Drop Trust.
And at Chichester College, another NCS group staged the first Chi Pride generating £100 for the Sussex LGBT charity, Allsorts.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Stephen Hillier, said: “The NCS is a fantastic programme and one that is accessible to all young people in West Sussex.
“I’d urge any young person motivated to improve their employability, boost their confidence working with others or gain valuable life experience to find out more.”
Delivered by West Sussex County Council in Arun and Chichester, NCS helps 15-17 year olds gain employment and improve their career prospects.
For more information about NCS or to sign up, visit www.ncsyes.co.uk