A summer of fun can be good for teenagers

Rob Austin (second left) taking part in a National Citizen Service project.
Rob Austin (second left) taking part in a National Citizen Service project.
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A teenager is encouraging youngsters to fill in their summer by helping in their community.

Research from the National Citizen Service (NCS) shows that teenagers feel frustrated at not having anything exciting planned for the summer, spending up to 75 hours watching TV.

I met some amazing people and really did have the best summer of my life

Rob Austin

But Rob Austin, 19, is encouraging 16 and 17-year-olds to consider taking part in a NCS programme over the summer, being able to meet new people, take part in challenges and learn new skills.

Rob said: “Before signing up to NCS, I was worried about how I was going to fill the long summer holidays. So when I heard about the programme I thought it’d be great chance to grow my CV and keep myself busy.

“Not only did I feel more confident about my abilities and confident investing in school life, I met some amazing people and really did have the best summer of my life.”

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Rob’s mother Dawn said: “Of course summer holidays offer a great opportunity to spend more time with your son or daughter especially after a challenging year at school, but as children start to grow up, they increasingly seek independence and want to make plans for themselves.

“The problem this brings is they then struggle to find things to do, and often need funds to keep them occupied.”

“When Rob asked to take part in NCS three years ago, I was initially nervous as it involved two weeks away from home but it was worth every penny and more letting him take part, especially as it only cost just £50 with all transport, accommodation and food provided.

“Not only did Rob love the experience and learn how to look after himself, he came back from the programme full of a maturity and enthusiasm that I hadn’t seen before.”