Over 90 young people visited youth charity, UKSA, for skills and activities training through the National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme and delivered projects to a local school, the Hospice and Ability Dogs 4 Young People.

Throughout the summer holidays and October Half Term UKSA delivered the NCS programme on the Isle of Wight in partnership with The Football League Trust. The national programme allows young people to take part in adrenaline fuelled activities whilst developing leadership and team work skills.

As part of the experience participants learnt important life skills such as budgeting and first aid whilst experiencing a taste of independent living.

As part of the programme the participants took part in a residential course in Swanage. Following this the focus turned to independent living and life skills where inspirational figures including record-breaking quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister, Bestival founder Rob da Bank and entrepreneur Al Haig Thomas delivered motivational speeches.

The young people then completed a Dragons Den style pitch to UKSA board members for money to plan and deliver a community project that has a lasting impact on their local area. The work delivered included a Garden at Lanesend primary School and in Shanklin on behalf of The Ability Dogs 4 Young People as well as repainting of the Island’s hospice, the Earl Mount Batten.

Joe Staunton UKSA’s NCS Co-Ordinator, said: “This programme fits perfectly with UKSA as it’s an extension of the type of work we already do with young people, easing that all-important transition from their school days to working life. By the end of the programme it is clear to see the young people’s confidence has increased through the teamwork and leadership skills they had undertaken. It is fantastic they are able to have greater awareness of their local community.”

The NCS programme has been running since 2011, with over 130,000 young people taking the opportunity to fast track their future with the programme.

Applications are open for the next programme in spring 2016, throughout February half term. To sign up contact Jade Beasley on [email protected] or 01983 203045.