Cando spirit from young leaders

A group of school leavers enjoyed a busy summer carrying out community projects whilst having fun at the same time.

More than 100 16 and 17yearolds from schools across the district came together in teams to take part in the National Citizen Service.

Their journey began at the start of July when they went on residential visits to an outdoor activity centre in North Wales, building their confidence and team building skills.

They then stayed on a second residential at Huddersfield University’s Student Village at Storthes Hall, to develop a whole range of project management and presentation skills.

The young people were visited and inspired by their own local community heroes, who gave up their time volunteering to make a difference.

Teams chose activities, identified their project aims, sourced funding and developed partnerships to help them achieve their goal of making a difference to their community.

Projects included renovating the garden of Orchard House in Mirfield.

Kirklees was one of one of the first councils in the country selected to pilot the scheme.

Throughout the programme each team was supported by local coordinators from the University of the First Age (UFA). Jordan Edwards, who took part in the programme, said: “We have got to know our own strengths and weaknesses and we have learnt to work as a team.

“This has provided us with the opportunity of doing something that may only come once in a lifetime.”

Dawn Evans of UFA said: “It has been a privilege to work alongside such a fantastic group of young people.

“They have such energy and enthusiasm – they are inspirational and I have no worries about society in the future if young people like these are going to be in charge!”

Further National Citizen Service programmes are open to this year’s Year 11 and Year 12 students across the UK and will be taking place in autumn 2012 and summer 2013.

For more details contact the National University of the First Age on 0121 212 9838.

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