Party atmosphere as young people celebrate scheme

Youngsters who took part in the NCS scheme during the summer received their awards at a ceremony held at Fratton Park. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142580-2)

Youngsters who took part in the NCS scheme during the summer received their awards at a ceremony held at Fratton Park. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142580-2)

Headteacher Lucy Ford with pupils, from left, Harry Walker, six, Alex Voroneanu, six, Tilly Howard, seven, and Jamie Gilmartin, seven Picture: Sarah Standing (170793-3928)

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YOUNGSTERS have been rewarded after taking part in a community project over the summer.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government backed scheme which is aimed at 16 and 17-year-olds.

17/09/14 RS  ''Youngsters who took part in the NCS scheme during the summer received their awards at a ceremony held at Fratton Park. (left to right), Lauren Smith (16), Ellie Richards (17), and Lucy Hudson (16).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142580-1) PPP-140918-214821003

17/09/14 RS ''Youngsters who took part in the NCS scheme during the summer received their awards at a ceremony held at Fratton Park. (left to right), Lauren Smith (16), Ellie Richards (17), and Lucy Hudson (16).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142580-1) PPP-140918-214821003

It encourages them to get involved with their local communities and to cultivate life skills.

A special awards night took place at Fratton Park to celebrate their achievements over the summer.

James Shannon, NCS co-ordinator in Portsmouth, said: ‘It was about celebrating the success of the programme and it’s a chance for them to get back in touch with everyone they spent the summer with.

‘It’s for family and friends to come and see the success that the young people had over the summer.’

17/09/14 RS  ''Youngsters who took part in the NCS scheme during the summer received their awards at a ceremony held at Fratton Park. Hannah Sands collects her award from Clare Martin.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142580-3) PPP-140918-214832003

17/09/14 RS ''Youngsters who took part in the NCS scheme during the summer received their awards at a ceremony held at Fratton Park. Hannah Sands collects her award from Clare Martin.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142580-3) PPP-140918-214832003

As part of the scheme, youngsters spent two weeks away from home, working on their team building abilities, and took part in a project to help their community.

Some of the activities youngsters took part in this year included revamping Stamshaw and Tipner Community Centre, volunteering at a homeless hostel and helping out at Second Chance charity, which supports young people.

The awards night saw all of the 150 participants rewarded with a certificate and 12 special awards were also handed out.

James added that the scheme offers some huge benefits for youngsters.

‘It gives them added self confidence and enthusiasm to engage with their local community,’ he said.

‘It was really successful this year. We had 10 groups of young people working on various charitable projects.

‘The biggest thing at the moment is employability and enterprise and NCS does that.

‘More and more universities and work places are looking for what people are doing outside their standard education.’

Locally, the programme is run by Pompey in the Community, an independent charitable trust affiliated with Portsmouth Football Club. It is based at the Pompey Study Centre in Anson Road.

The winners

Adventure Award

- Matt Green

- James Williams

- Brandon Newman

Future Award

- Shannon Ruff

- Lucy Hudson

- Hannah Sands

Make a Difference Award

- Lauren Sharpe

- Ellie Richards

- Tilly Scanlon

NCS Achievement of Excellence Award

- Keiron Mellish

- Max Chapman

- Mike Chapman

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