A teenager has been among the first in the UK to take part in the Government’s flagship National Citizen Service (NCS) initiative.
Alastair Snook, 16, a sixth-form student at Guilsborough, took part in the NCS during half term, when he and his NCS group organised a week-long social action project.
The scheme was set up to provide 16 and 17-year-olds with challenges and activities to develop life skills. Alastair and his group raised money for mental health charity Mind through a cake sale, volunteering at Mind’s charity shop and hosting a Mind awareness day at a local college.
Alastair, from Watford, said: “For me, the best part of our social action project was having the privilege of being able to witness a diverse group of young people work together, regardless of personal beliefs in order to improve the standards of living for the under represented minorities in our communities.”
This autumn’s NCS programme also included a four-day outdoor adventure complete with team-building activities like rock climbing, raft building and abseiling, as well as three days of skills development with national businesses.
Alastair added: “I feel that my social skills have improved and my awareness of how the local community works has developed massively. I’ve learnt new physical skills, such as rifle shooting and rock climbing.
“If I hadn’t signed up then I would have missed out on forming some fantastic friendships and an amazing experience.”