Bob Stewart MP has called on year 11 pupils to get involved in the Governments National Citizen Service this week.
The project seeks to build a more cohesive, responsible, and engaged society by bringing 16 year olds from different backgrounds together in a residential and home-based programme of activity and service.
The Challenge Project charity will run a three-week activity programme in summer 2011 which includes hiking, rock-climbing, camping and abseiling. On their return home participants will help local community groups and design and deliver a social action project over four weekends in the autumn.
Following a meeting in Parliament with Challenge Project Chief Executive Craig Morley Bob said:
“I urge all those aged 16 in my constituency of Beckenham to sign up for National Citizen Service. This is a great opportunity for them to develop a sense of trust and responsibility which comes from working as part of a team. It’s really important for young people to play a positive role in their community by helping others and I will be writing to Secondary schools in my constituency to encourage year 11’s to participate.”
The scheme starts in June 2011. There is a charge of £35 per person. To sign up contact The Challenge Project on 02079214203 or visit: www.the-challenge.org