22 May 2012
Devon teenagers finishing their GCSEs or in Year 12 this summer are being encouraged to sign up for a free five-week programme being delivered by Young Devon in partnership with the British Red Cross.
The course is part of National Citizen Service (NCS), a flagship government initiative, which aims to promote a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society by bringing young people from different backgrounds together to make a difference in their communities.
It is a voluntary programme for 16 and 17 year olds which focuses on their personal and social development and includes challenging activities, from away-from-home residential experiences to a self-designed social action project.
Karen Young, British Red Cross project coordinator, said: “This is all about encouraging young people to engage with their communities, to learn new skills, challenge themselves, meet new friends and make a real difference in the area they live.”
NCS 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 providing first aid
on local beaches or delivering an education workshop
to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. After a week of planning groups complete 30 hours of volunteering to carry out their project.
The Red Cross National Citizen Service programmes are being delivered in partnership with the South West Consortium and the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust.
The only criteria for the programme is you must be 16 or 17-years-old by the 31st August. So what are you waiting for? Visit http://www.youngdevon.org/ncs today to find out more or register your interest.
Alternatively email Karen Young at KYoung@redcross.org.uk to sign up and 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.
• 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