Teenagers in Northumberland who want to be part of a fun, useful and rewarding summer initiative and their parents are being warned that only a limited number of places are now available.
The National Citizen Service (NCS) is running four week, part-residential programmes for groups of young people in the county.
They include a week’s stay in either the Lake District or North Yorkshire, complete with many outdoor activities.
And both options will be followed by a week staying away from home at Kingswood Dukeshouse Wood in Hexham, where the young people will work with local businesses to create their own social action project.
The programme for 16 and 17-year-olds (and 15-year-olds if they turn 16 by the end of August) is backed by the Government so signing up costs just £50 including food, transport and accommodation. Those eligible for free school meals can take part for £10.
NCS graduate David Mallon, 17, attends Bede Academy in Blyth.
He said: “I signed up to NCS because I thought it would look great on my CV and university application, but in reality it has offered me so much more.
“Through NCS I’ve met lots of new friends, got to try new activities and improved my confidence.”
Departure dates for Northumberland are July 25, July 29, August 8 and August 12. To sign up and for more details, call 0191 2474020.