Andrew Mitchell MP joined a group of young people on a social integration programme run by ‘The Challenge’ in Royal Sutton Coldfield, to see the benefits of the programme for itself.
The National Citizen Service programme (NCS) brings together young people aged fifteen to seventeen, from Sutton Coldfield and nearby areas, who spend four weeks together on the programme developing their skills, confidence and connections, while mixing with people outside of their normal circle, boosting social integration.
Andrew Mitchell saw first-hand how the programme helps develop participants’ life skills, resilience, wellbeing and engagement with their community. Andrew said: “I was very pleased to meet such an engaged group of young people from across our Royal Town and to learn more about the variety of things they have been doing with the NCS. It was great to talk to them and hear about some of the things they are most passionate about. I hope they continue to make the most of the rest of their time with the NCS.”
Andrew Dixon, Head of Policy at ‘The Challenge’, the charity which operates the NCS programme, said: “This was a wonderful opportunity to bring these young people and their local Member of Parliament together and highlight just how much the programme achieves in such a short space of time. We’ve challenged young people to take on new experiences and life skills, including outdoor adventures, cookery and public speaking. They will leave the programme with a new perspective on so-called ‘differences’ and an understanding of the power of a strong and cohesive community.”
Photo: Andrew Mitchell MP with NCS participants from the Royal Town in the Gymnasium at Sutton Coldfield College