Teenagers organise activities for elderly

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Young people worked together to plan activities for elderly residents in Daventry this summer, as part of a county-wide program called National Citizen Service.

A flagship government initiative, NCS saw 700 15 to 17 year-olds spending a total of 21,000 hours developing and implementing nearly 80 community projects across the county.

Some spent time organising events with the Happy At Home Partnership which covers Daventry district and South Northants, and helps combat isolation among elderly people living in rural areas.

Mr Phil Everett, communications manager for NCS, said: “During the final two weeks of NCS, each group takes part in a social action project where they develop and carry out a plan that benefits their local community.

“Our summer programme has been really popular this year, but understandably many young people weren’t able to join in because of family holidays and other commitments. That’s why we’re offering an autumn programme this October – so everyone has the chance to take part in NCS.”