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MP urges teenagers to sign up for National Citizen Service

May 24, 2013 12:56 PM

Cambridge teenagers are being urged by the city's MP Julian Huppert to sign up for National Citizen Service, a summer programme giving them an opportunity to learn new skills.

The scheme is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds and gives them the chance to take part in outward bound activities such as rafting and abseiling and creating community projects on issues that matter to them.

Previous participants have organised events such as music gigs to raise money for a hospice and 'sleep-outs' to raise awareness of homelessness.

Julian said: "We have such a strong community spirit here in Cambridge and our young people take part in so many activities. I hope they will embrace this programme and take the opportunity to try something new while giving back to the community at the same time. I met many of the people who did this last year, and they really enjoyed it - and got a lot out of it too."

The National Citizen Service programme is a national initiative which costs a maximum of £50 for each young person, but is free for those receiving free school meals. It is being run across the East of England by employment and skills provider Reed in Partnership.

James Reed, Managing Director said: "Whether you are dreaming of a career in finance, construction or anywhere in-between, having NCS written on your CV will be invaluable in the future."

For more information and to sign up, visit