An activity weekend will be held at Derby College’s Broomfield Hall campus on Saturday March 29 and Sunday March 30 to give local youngsters a taste of the popular National Citizen Service (NCS) programme that is running this summer.
NCS is run locally by Derby College and Derby County Community Trust.
It is a four week programme running throughout the summer giving 16 and 17-year-olds the opportunity to build skills to help with future employment and to put something back into their local communities.
The programme starts with a team building residential in the Peak District or Staffordshire Moorlands.
The open weekend at Broomfield Hall between 10am and 4pm enables young people and their families to try out a host of activities that are included in the residential including climbing, orienteering and team building exercises.
Everyone who signs up to the summer NCS programme over the weekend will be entered into a prize draw for two tickets to the Wireless Festival this summer in Birmingham with a Derby County signed football shirt as second prize, and Derby County signed football as third prize.
Over the past two years nearly 800 local young people have taken part in NCS in Derbyshire organising fund raising events and carrying out community work to support a wide range of local charities. and organisations.
Derby College Director of Enterprise and Innovation Louise Curd explained: “NCS aims to promote a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society by bringing young people from different background together to make a difference in their communities.
“The programme also enables young people to develop important skills that they can take with them into the world of work.”
Simon Carnall, Head of Community at Derby County Community Trust, added: “Last year’s NCS programme was a huge success and provided young people with a fantastic opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and then make a real difference to local communities by volunteering their time in a project that they themselves had chosen and developed.
“The programme gives young people a constructive way to begin their journey into adulthood after they leave school. Participants gain lifelong skills from the scheme by working together to budget
and plan, whilst also engaging with their local community.”
To book a place on the NCS weekend, please contact Kirsty Doherty on 07725 642 615.
For more information on how to sign up for future NCS programmes, visit www.ncsnottsderby.co.uk