School leavers’ citizenship scheme set for second year

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A SCHEME to get Doncaster teenagers involved in helping their communities is to run for another year.

Doncaster Positive Futures will be bringing the National Citizen Service to the borough this summer.

The scheme for Year 11 school leavers begins with a residential week at an activity centre in North Yorkshire followed by a second week at Hatfield Water Park. The fortnight of activities aims to build the teenagers’ skills and confidence ahead of a final week of social action.

During the final stage of the scheme, the teenagers will meet with community leaders to identify projects that will help local people.

Following this they will spend a week doing these projects.

Coun Cynthia Ransome, Doncaster Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “I am pleased to see the National Citizen Service returning to Doncaster for 2012.

“This is a good opportunity for young people to learn about personal responsibility and take some direct action to benefit their local community.”

Brad Pinder, aged 17, who took part last year, said: “The programme was fantastic.

“I met new friends, had some great adrenalin rushes and gained a lot of confidence.”

n To get involved in NCS email tom.atherton@doncaster.gov.uk or contact Tom Atherton or Graeme Severns on 01302 737143.