Local MP, Iain Duncan Smith joined a group of local young people taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) earlier this week to see the projects they were working on and to learn more about the work the NCS do in Waltham Forest.
During his visit, Iain met NCS participants in their second week of the programme where six groups of approx. 10 young people were busy planning their speeches as part of their public speaking workshop on the day. There was time before they groups delivered their speeches for Iain to offer some hints & tips and advice on how to speak in public including not to rush when speaking, nervousness is normal and let your personality shine through.
The young people attending presented their thoughts on interests, politics, sports, personal beliefs etc. and the National Citizen Service (NCS) encourages them to have the confidence to stand up and speak to the whole group, to conquer their fears of speaking out to a large audience and establish confidence ahead of the next phase of NCS.
Iain heard first-hand how NCS - the fastest growing youth movement in the UK for a century - is helping to develop participants’ life skills, resilience and wellbeing while boosting community engagement.
Iain Duncan Smith MP said:
“It was a pleasure to meet such an inspiring group of young people and see the great things they have already accomplished on programme. I look forward to hearing all about their achievements over the remainder of their time on NCS and the positive impact their social action has on the local community.” “Their speeches included subjects such as ‘Don’t feel limited by what you can achieve’, ‘The Stock Market’, ‘Creativity’, ‘Dance’, ‘Equality & Society’ and ‘Self -Confidence’ which were all delivered to an exceptionally high standard.”
NCS is a flagship government initiative that provides young people aged 15-17 the chance to take on new challenges, experience exciting activities, make long-lasting friendships and develop vital skills that will support them later in life. It was launched to tackle three core issues of importance to society: social cohesion, social mobility and social engagement.
NCS Trust said:
“The young people were thrilled to meet Iain. We’re delighted that he found the time to come and visit the programme and see first-hand the impact NCS is having by building bridges across social divides and ladders to opportunity.”
Over 400,000 young people have completed the NCS programme to date, giving up an incredible 11.7 million hours to social action projects since NCS started.
NCS is a 3-4 week experience that helps builds confidence and self-belief so that you can take on anything in life. Live away from home, develop skills and meet amazing people. Food, accommodation and activities, all in for up to £50.
There are still places available for 15-17 years to take part. To sign up, go to www.ncsyes.co.uk.