Opportunity of a lifetime up for grabs

YOUNGSTERS are being offered the chance to help out in their communities this summer while working towards a national award.

Year 11 students are being invited by North Tyneside Voluntary Organisations Development Agency to sign up to its Summer of a Lifetime programme, giving them the opportunity go away on residential breaks, as well as planning and helping deliver projects to benefit their own communities.

The initiative, to run from July to September, is full time for three weeks, followed by an additional 30 hours over the following three weeks.

More than 105 free places are on offer to Year 11 students.

Programme co-ordinator Robin Fry said: “Summer of a Lifetime offers young people a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, develop new skills and do something really worthwhile with their summer. Best of all, it is completely free of charge.

“Last year, we received some amazing feedback from young participants and their parents. We’re confident that this year’s programme is going to even better.”

James Anderson, 17, of Seaton Burn, was one of those who took part in last year’s programme, and he will be assisting this year as a peer volunteer.

He said: “I didn’t know quite what to expect at first, but I loved every minute of it.

“It helped me develop my confidence and leadership skills.”

For details, call (0191) 643 2634.