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Scheme gives youngsters chance to learn skills
8:00am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Andover
VALLEY Leisure and the National Citizen Service joined forces to give 40 youngsters from Andover the chance to develop skills to use in the future and help them get jobs.
NCS is a government-funded scheme which brings together youngsters aged 16 and 17 from different backgrounds and works with them on skills like leadership, team-work and c o m m u n i c a - tion.
The scheme involves a three week full-time p r o g ramme, plus 30 hours on a community project, focused on fun and discovery, that benefits both young people and society.
To help to build teamwork, the group spent the first week in Devon taking part in outdoor physical activities, including raft-building and high ropes.
James Blyth, assistant manager for sports and activity development for Valley Leisure said: “The students lived part of the time away from home and had to look after themselves and keep to a budget. For some it was the first time they’d been away from home and the activities helped everyone to come out of their shells.”
The teenagers also learnt new skills, ranging from restoring furniture to producing a radio documentary for the community.
Together they organised community projects including tea dances, youth charity gigs, and a family fun day which raised £1,800 for Valley Leisure’s own 3Smiles charity, which provides three hours of respite for parents of children with special or additional needs.
The scheme proved to be so successful that Valley Leisure will be encouraging staff to become mentors for the next programme in summer 2014.
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