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Young people at this summer's NCS Graduation event in Wallsend.

Young people at this summer's NCS Graduation event in Wallsend.

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Young people across North Tyneside are being offered the chance to boost their skills whilst having an autumn to remember as part of VODA’s National Citizen Service programme.

The initiative provides young people aged 16 to 17 with an opportunity to take part in a range of outdoor activities during the October half-term week, and then plan and run their own community projects during weekends in November.

VODA is supporting 45 young people to take part in the programme, making up three teams.

Each team will spend four days away from home staying at an outdoor centre in Allendale, Northumberland.

This will be followed by the chance to complete a day certificate in sports leadership led by an Olympic athlete.

Young people will then work in their teams to develop their social action project plans with the chance to receive £200 to deliver an activity for the local community.

Robin Fry, VODA’s Volunteer Centre Manager says, “This will be the fifth time we have delivered the NCS programme in North Tyneside and we have seen some amazing results over the last three years. Young people have told us how taking part in NCS has helped them boost their skills, improve their confidence, overcome their fears and make new friends for life. This programme is for all young people – regardless of skills, interests or experience. We’ve got an action packed programme lined-up including four days on residential in Allendale, followed by local activity delivered by Olympic Athletes and local Community Organisers. Young people will graduate from this programme with a National Certificate signed by the Prime Minister - something really worthwhile and impressive to add to their CVs.”