Shropshire teenagers finishing their GCSEs this summer are being encouraged to sign up for a free six-week programme delivered by the British Red Cross.
National Citizen Service will see scores of 16-year-olds embark on a character building ‘Summer of a Lifetime’. It is an amazing, free opportunity to engage with others while at the same time making a difference in your community.
Thomas Gillam, British Red Cross project coordinator, said: “This is all about encouraging young people to engage with their communities, to learn new skills, meet new friends and make a real difference in the area they live.
“It gives young people an opportunity to get new skills under their belts and go on to further education.”
It all starts with a one week residential course away from the county you live in, with adrenalin activities such as kayaking or climbing. This is followed by another one week residential course, this time in your home county. Here you will get to complete national qualifications in first aid or humanitarian education.
Once the residential courses are finished, participants will move on to their social action project. This could be on any social action work which helps the community, including fundraising for the Red Cross or delivering an education workshop to raise awareness about HIV and Aids.
It starts with one week of planning after which groups will have 30 hours to carry out their project.
National Citizen Service is a Government funded initiative linked with Big Society. The Red Cross is one of the partner agencies delivering the programme to young people this summer.
The Red Cross National Citizen Service programmes are being delivered in partnership with national youth volunteering charity, vInspired, and the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust.
The only criteria for the service is you must be 16-years-old by the end of August. So what are you waiting for? Visit www.vinspired.com/summerofalifetime today to find out more, sign up or register your interest.
Alternatively email Tom Gillam at TGillam@redcross.org.uk to avoid disappointment.
For more information on the British Red Cross please visit: http://www.redcross.org.uk
Notes to editors
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.
• vInspired helps young people to discover the value of volunteering - for themselves and for others. It uses the power of online to inspire offline actions - offering easy-to-access opportunities and support for young people to get involved with good causes in their communities. Since its launch in May 2006, vInspired has worked with over 500 charities and community organisations and 200 businesses to create over 1 million youth volunteering opportunities. www.vinspired.org
• About the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust: The DKH legacy Trust inspires young people and unlocks life chances for them by improving their skills, knowledge and self belief through support and mentoring projects with sporting champions’. www.dkhlegacytrust.org