NCS programme is a boost say youngsters

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YOUNGSTERS who take part in the National Citizen Service programme find it useful for the future, a survey has shown.

Nationally, nine out of 10 participants believe it has given them the chance to develop skills that will be useful in the future.

Seventeen-year-old Beth Booth from Portsmouth said: ‘The programme was worthwhile, especially the social action project I contributed to, where I worked with Guide Dogs UK and helped with fundraising.

‘NCS has given me real leadership and people skills – being thrown in at the deep end and having to talk to hundreds of people I had never met before improved my self-confidence.

‘Taking part in NCS is one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has opened a lot of doors, for example, helping me to gain access to top corporate sponsors.’

The report by NatCen Social Research, a social research institute, has revealed significant impacts in the second year of NCS – the government-backed programme – particularly around teamwork, communication and leadership.