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PrintCowes-based youth charity UKSA is running the National Citizen Service on the Isle of Wight and is looking for community projects to benefit from the assistance of young Islanders.

The national programme will see 90 young Island residents take on community projects as part of their course.

UKSA’s NCS co-ordinator Lionel Bridgman is now looking for six deserving community projects, which can be tackled within a 30-hour timescale by 15 young people, supervised by adults.

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The projects can be varied from the straightforward to the unusual – previous NCS programmes have built allotments, repainted rooms in retirement homes, painted fences and rooms for children’s hospices, and brought green wastelands back to life. Lionel is very open to all the possibilities he hopes will be put forward.

The young people will be encouraged to advertise, fundraise, sort logistics and delegate roles within their own teams to get the project up and running.

Two groups will operate during 3rd-14th August, two others will operate during 10th-21st August and the final two groups will take their tasks on during 17th-28th August.

UKSA won the tender to run the NCS programme for young people aged 15 to 17. The programme is a government initiative and has been running since 2011, giving a once in a lifetime opportunity to over 130,000 young people.

As well as the community project, the participants will go on two residentials and enjoy sessions in climbing, sailing, etc. The aim is to encourage teamwork, problem solving and leadership, which should raise self-esteem and confidence.

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If you have a project that would suit the NCS, please contact Lionel Bridgman on [email protected] or 07919 992877. Young people wishing to take part are also encouraged to get in touch.

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