NCS Serves Up Raft Of Opportunities

Staff from the National Citizen Service (NCS) visit students at Tollbar Academy. Adie Merrikin (Manager of the NCS Programme) and colleagues (l-r) Callum Holmes and Jack Haigh are pictured with Tollbar Academy Year 11 students (l-r) Joseph Brabon, Freya Brown, Ottilie Creighton, Amy Grant, Megan Ramsay and Brandon Mcskelly.

Year 11 students at Tollbar Academy were given an insight into the National Citizen Service (NCS), a voluntary personal and social development programme which boost skills, confidence and aspirations.

The programme is aimed at 15–17 year olds in England and Northern Ireland, and is funded largely by money from the UK Government. It encourages independence and gives students a chance to take on new challenges and gain confidence, while learning new skills that will help with future goals.

The Year 11 students were visited by Adie Merrikin (Manager of the NCS Programme) and colleagues Callum Holmes and Jack Haigh, who talked about the benefits of the programme which takes place each summer. More than 500,000 young people have taken part in NCS so far.

Adie Merrikin said: "We have visited Tollbar Academy to encourage Year 11 students to engage in our personal development programme this summer. It is a time they can really enjoy the end of school and step out of their comfort zone.

"The programme will get them qualifications and involves lots of activities. It is an opportunity to meet lots of new people. They will become empowered and help improve the local community. It is a very successful four week programme."

Student Megan Ramsay said: "It was good to have someone talk to us about NCS so that we can appreciate more of what it is about and what opportunities are available to us."

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Tollbar Academy Principal

Caroline L Yates
BA (Hons).

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson