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McCausland drops-in on young people taking part in National Citizen Service

Stormont Executive press release - Department for Social Development

Exploring personal identity was amongst the discussions Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland had with teenagers during his visit to a National Citizen Service training event in Newcastle.

The Minister met with a group of 15-17 year-olds from Armagh, Newry, east Belfast and Newtownards at Greenhill YMCA where they were involved in outdoor team building pursuits such as canoeing, climbing and ziplining, as well as reflection activities discussing what they had learnt.

Minister McCausland said: “These young people are a credit to their community and I have enjoyed chatting to them to hear firsthand how their National Citizen Service is benefiting them. 

“The young people told me how they had been challenged, learned new skills and made new friends. This NCS programme gives young people the opportunity to take back what they have learned during the programme and make a real difference in their local communities.”

National Citizen Service (NCS) is designed to give teenagers the chance to build skills for work and life. The programme focuses on personal and social development by providing opportunities for young people to mix and work with others from different backgrounds. NCS has a strong cross–community focus with participants coming from both rural and urban areas across Northern Ireland. It also offers young people the chance to participate in an exciting team building residential outside of term time and to take part in a teamwork project that will help their local community.

The autumn programme 2013 is now underway across Northern Ireland but there are still 300 places left for the Summer 2014 programme; young people can register their interest at: 

Young people aged 15-17 years can sign up to do National Citizen Service in Northern Ireland. More information is also available from Corinna Crooks, Project Co-ordinator at: Co-operation Ireland, Unit 5, Weaver’s Court, Linfield Road, Belfast, BT12 5GH or Telephone 028 90 891006.

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