Young­sters do their bit for the com­mu­nity

Young peo­ple from across the city get in­volved in the Na­tional Ci­ti­zen Ser­vice sum­mer project

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By: Holly Aston News@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @hol­ly­jadeas­ton

Young peo­ple from across Peter­bor­ough have been tak­ing part in the Na­tional Ci­ti­zen Ser­vice (NCS) this sum­mer.

Over 170 15-17 year olds have taken part in out­door events, idea pitch­ing and com­plet­ing com­mu­nity projects.

One of the com­mu­nity projects that has been tak­ing place is the restora­tion of the com­mu­nal gar­den at Cross Keys shel­tered hous­ing in Hinch­cliffe, Or­ton Gold­hay.

Tasks at the lo­ca­tion in- cluded pot­ting plants, cut­ting down bushes, putting down gravel, mak­ing hang­ing bas­kets and paint­ing benches.

Mohammed Jangher, a NCS team leader, said: “This part of the scheme is the so­cial ac­tion project.

“The stu­dents were given funds to buy all the equip­ment they need to do the job.

“It is good to see the young peo­ple work­ing in this en­vi­ron­ment and help­ing out the peo­ple that live here.”

Erin Lang­ham (16) from Hamp­ton, one of the young­sters tak­ing part, said: “The ad­vert for NCS caught my eye and when I re­alised how long the sum­mer hol­i­days were af­ter fin­ish­ing my ex­ams, I thought this would be a pro­duc­tive way to spend it, whilst mak­ing new friends.”

Muhammed Cha­gani, the NCS Co-or­di­na­tor at Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, said: “Fund­ing for shel­tered hous­ing is al­ways be­ing re­duced so it’s a good place for us to carry out this part of the project.

“This pro­gramme helps to build con­fi­dence, in­de­pen­dence and bud­get­ing as these are all things they have to do whilst on the pro­gramme.

“Peo­ple who want to get in­volved some­times feel they can’t be­cause of the £50 fee how­ever this is some­thing that we can help with if nec­es­sary .”

Young­sters hard at work at the shel­tered hous­ing at Hinch­cliffe.

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