YOUNGSTERS have been rewarded for taking part in a national scheme to support the community over the summer.
The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a programme aimed at 16 and 17-year-olds which encourages them to get involved with their local communities and to cultivate life skills.
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.
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Lynne Stagg, and Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt were among those invited to the graduation evening at Fratton Park.
James Shannon, NCS project co-ordinator, said: ‘It’s been a really big success for us here in Portsmouth. So many of the kids got exactly what we wanted them to get out of it through added confidence and the willpower to go into the community and do extra things.’
Some of the projects students took part in included sleeping rough under the South Stand at Fratton Park, pushing a wheelchair nine miles around the city and fundraising for The Rowans Hospice.
Meanwhile, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage presented graduates of the NCS scheme in Gosport with certificates during a ceremony at Bridgemary School.
Ms Dinenage said: ‘The National Citizen Service provides a tremendous opportunity for young people, both in Gosport and across the country, to develop skills which will be invaluable to them in the future.
‘It is fantastic that so many students in Gosport have chosen to get involved with this programme and to give something back to their area.
‘I am a passionate supporter of volunteering, and it makes me very proud to hear about Gosport’s young people taking time out to support causes they really care about. The graduates should be extremely proud of everything they have achieved.’