Blackpool Youths Make Their Mark

Young people from across Blackpool were honoured, for making a difference to their community, at a special graduation ceremony held at Bloomfield Road. NCS Graduates Blackpool FC Community Trust’s National Citizenship Service (NCS) project celebrated the graduation of 42 young people this summer. All of the graduates received a certificate signed by the Prime Minister as recognition for the hours they have contributed towards community projects. NCS is a flagship initiative supporting the government’s vision for building the Big Society. The project is facilitating the development of a more responsible society by supporting the transition into adulthood for young people. In addition, the scheme enables young people to attend residential team building trips as well as the opportunity to work together to create and carry out a social action projects in their local communities. The scheme aims to give the teenagers essential life skills as well as providing challenging and exciting life opportunities. Last year 210 participants completed the programme contributing 6300 voluntary hours to local community initiatives. The programme builds on the success of previous years and continues to grow. Chris Smith, Community Trust NCS Coordinator said: “The NCS celebration event is a brilliant evening with the opportunity to relive the achievements made during this summer’s programme. Not only has NCS contributed to improving local communities and creating a lasting legacy, but it has made a real difference to the participants themselves”. Kayleigh Sloan, 2014 Graduated said: “After my NCS experience I have gained the confidence to achieve anything”. For further information about NCS contact Blackpool FC Community Trust: 01253 348691