Cash will mean an extension to citizen scheme

More than £350,000 has been awarded to extend a programme which provides life changing experiences for young people living in Northumberland.

In 2015, hundreds of 16 and 17-year-olds will be able to go through the National Citizen Service programme and go on to lead (NCS) social action projects with their local communities.

NCS takes place out of school time and brings together teams of 15 young people from different backgrounds to tackle outdoor challenges on a residential week away from home.

Since the service launch in Northumberland in 2011, 400 leaders have graduated on the programme and £650,000 in external funding has been brought into the county.

Coun Robert Arckless, policy board member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council, said: “The NCS programme gives young people the chance to learn the life skills that help them to build confidence and become young leaders who make a valuable contribution to their communities.”

“As a result of our success in running the NCS programme I’m very pleased that we have been awarded the funding to extend the contract.”

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