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Spencer learns life skills thanks to government initiative

Spencer Gardiner, second from left on the back row, from Harborough who has been working on a social action project with other teenagers. NNL-140331-150922003

Spencer Gardiner, second from left on the back row, from Harborough who has been working on a social action project with other teenagers. NNL-140331-150922003

 

A teenager from Harborough spent his half-term helping out in the community as part of an initiative to provide young people with a chance to improve their CV and build life skills.

Spencer Gardiner (17), who lives in Harborough, took part in the National Citizen Service initiative during the February half-term.

Spencer dedicated his time alongside other teenagers to doing community work at Abbey Park in Leicester and helping cover up existing graffiti in Abbey Walk, Leicester.

The National Citizen Service, a flagship government initiative, provides teenagers between the ages of 16 to 17 with a chance to improve their CV and build life skills, while taking on new challenges and volunteering on a social action project in their hometown.

The spring programme organised by the NCS also saw Spencer take part in a three-night outdoor adventure residential, complete with team-building activities like rock-climbing, raft-building and abseiling, and three days of skills development with businesses in the area.

Spencer said: “Through NCS, I have improved my communication skills, especially working with new people I had never met before and learning how to work as an effective team.

“If I wasn’t doing NCS I’d probably be either playing football with friends in Harborough, on my Xbox or watching TV at home.

For more information about the initiative or to sign up, visit www.ncsem1.org.uk, www.facebook.com/NCSEM1 or email ncs@eblo.org.uk.

 

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