A Sheffield teenager was invited to Downing Street to brief the Prime Minister and his Cabinet about a youth scheme.
Eighteen-year-old Ruth David is one of almost 40,000 young people to have gone through the National Citizen Service programme this year – and was one of three ‘graduates’ invited to meet David Cameron and his team.
During her time on the scheme, Ruth helped renovate Shiregreen Scout hut and devised a social action project in which her group provided door-to-door gardening services for elderly members of the community.
Ruth, of Betjeman Gardens, Broomhall, said: “The greatest part was renovating the Scout hut – a public space in need of attention. We worked our socks off but, by the end, it looked great.”
The government-backed NCS, open to young people aged 16 and 17, is a two or three-week programme ‘focused around fun and discovery’.
A scheme spokesman said: “On the programme, participants build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and adventures, making friends, learning skills and contributing to their community.”
Mr Cameron said the programme is ‘at the heart’ of the Government’s push for volunteering and encouraging young people.
Speaking about her visit to Number 10, Ruth, a student at Thomas Rotherham College, said it was a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity.
She said: “At first I was really nervous, but once we got talking they just wanted to hear what we had to say.”